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What Can Philosophers Really Learn from Science Journals?

Lean, Oliver M and Rivelli, Luca and Pence, Charles H. (2020) What Can Philosophers Really Learn from Science Journals? [Preprint]

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Philosophers of science regularly use scientific publications in their research. To make their analyses of the literature more thorough, some have begun to use computational methods from the digital humanities (DH). Yet this creates a tension: it’s become a truism in science studies that the contents of scientific publications do not accurately reflect the complex realities of scientific investigation. In this paper, we outline existing views on how scientific publications fit into the broader picture of science as a system of practices, and find that none of these views exclude articles as valuable sources for philosophical inquiry. Far from ignoring the gap between texts and practice, proper use of DH tools requires, and can even contribute to, our understanding of that gap and its implications.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lean, Oliver
Pence, Charles H.charles@charlespence.net0000-0002-6836-6047
Keywords: empirical philosophy; digital humanities; big data; scientific literature; scientific practice; publication
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Charles H. Pence
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 02:42
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 02:42
Item ID: 17448
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 11 May 2020

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