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Communal Philosophy? A Possible Framework for Science-Society Interaction

Shavit, Ayelet (2021) Communal Philosophy? A Possible Framework for Science-Society Interaction. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Interaction with local communities is now labeled academia's "third mission," yet science-society rifts are still common, running deeper in marginalized communities. A first step towards bridging the gap is clarification. I review core concepts (e.g., 'outreach,' 'accessibility,' 'engagement'), sort them into two model frameworks – "Ivory Tower" and "Mutualism" – and describe their distinct structures. Both are helpful in relevant context yet their default application practically reinforces hierarchical boundaries, increases epistemic injustice, hampers science's epistemic values, and couples 'diversity' with ethnic divergence. Therefore, another model is suggested: 'Communal Academia.' I unfold how this model practically foregrounds activism, heterogeneity, and pluralistic interaction and advocate its evaluation based on heterogeneity rather than diversity measures. Imaginary and real-life examples demonstrate the practice-based advantages of this model, and the philosophical relevance of a communal approach is reflected upon.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Shavit, Ayeletashavit@telhai.ac.il0000-0002-4683-0857
Keywords: Outreach, engagement, communality, Town Square Academia
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Ayelet Shavit
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2022 06:23
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 06:23
Item ID: 20123
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 1 November 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20123

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