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Rethinking Ethnography for Philosophy of Science

Nersessian, Nancy and MacLeod, Miles (2021) Rethinking Ethnography for Philosophy of Science. [Preprint]

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We lay groundwork for applying ethnographic methods in philosophy of science. We frame our analysis in terms of two tasks, 1) to identify the benefits of an ethnographic approach in philosophy of science, and 2) to structure an ethnographic approach for philosophical investigation best adapted to provide information relevant to philosophical interests and epistemic values. To this end, we advocate for a purpose-guided form of cognitive ethnography which mediates between the explanatory and normative interests of philosophy of science, while maintaining openness and independence when framing such an investigation in order to achieve robust unbiased results.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Nersessian, Nancynancynersessian@fas.harvard.edu
MacLeod, Milesm.a.j.macleod@utwente.nl
Keywords: empirical methods; ethnography; cognitive ethnography; scientific practice
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr Miles MacLeod
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 04:07
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2021 04:07
Item ID: 19796
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 3 November 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19796

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