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Cultural Theory’s Contributions to Climate Science: Reply to Hansson

Verweij, Marco and Ney, Steven and Thompson, Michael (2022) Cultural Theory’s Contributions to Climate Science: Reply to Hansson. [Preprint]

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In his article, ‘Social constructionism and climate science denial’, Hansson claims to present empirical evidence that the cultural theory developed by Dame Mary Douglas, Aaron Wildavsky and ourselves (among others) leads to (climate) science denial. In this reply, we show that there is no validity to these claims. First, we show that Hansson’s empirical evidence that cultural theory has led to climate science denial falls apart under closer inspection. Contrary to Hansson’s claims, cultural theory has made significant contributions to understanding and addressing climate change. Second, we discuss various features of Douglas’ cultural theory that differentiate it from other constructivist approaches and make it compatible with the scientific method. Thus, we also demonstrate that cultural theory cannot be accused of epistemic relativism.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Verweij, Marcom.verweij@jacobs-university.de
Ney, Stevensteven.ney@hpi-academy.de
Thompson, Michaelthompson@iiasa.ac.at
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.
Keywords: Mary Douglas; Aaron Wildavsky; cultural theory; Climate Change
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Prof. Marco Verweij
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 03:41
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 03:41
Item ID: 20510
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 25 April 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20510

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