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Epistemic diversity and the question of Lingua Franca in science and philosophy

Gobbo, F. and Russo, F. (2019) Epistemic diversity and the question of Lingua Franca in science and philosophy. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Epistemic diversity is the ability or possibility of producing diverse and rich epis- temic apparati to make sense of the world around us. In this paper we discuss whether, and to what extent, different conceptions of knowledge – notably as ‘justified true belief’ and as ‘distributed and embodied cognition’ – hinder or foster epistemic diversity. We then link this discussion to the widespread move in science and philosophy towards monolingual disciplinary environments. We ar- gue that English, despite all appearance, is no Lingua Franca, and we give rea- sons why epistemic diversity is also deeply hindered is monolingual contexts. Finally, we sketch a proposal for multilingual academia where epistemic diver- sity is thereby fostered.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gobbo, F.f.gobbo@uva.nl
Russo, F.f.russo@uva.nl0000-0002-1993-9697
Keywords: Epistemic diversity; Lingua Franca; language of science; linguistic justice.
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Federica Russo
Date Deposited: 25 May 2019 14:29
Last Modified: 25 May 2019 14:29
Item ID: 16045
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16045

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