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Standards and the distribution of cognitive labour

Rogier, De Langhe and Matthias, Greiff (2009) Standards and the distribution of cognitive labour. In: [2009] SPSP 2009: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (Minnesota, June 18-20, 2009).

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    Abstract

    We present a model of the distribution of labour in science. Such models tend to rely on the mechanism of the invisible hand (e.g. Hull 1988, Goldman & Shaked 1991 and Kitcher 1990). Our analysis starts from the necessity of standards in distributed processes and the possibility of multiple standards in science. Invisible hand models turn out to have only limited scope because they are restricted to describing the atypical single-standard case. Our model is a generalisation of these models to J standards; single-standard models such as Kitcher (1990) are a limiting case. We introduce and formalise this model, demonstrate its dynamics and conclude that the conclusions commonly derived from invisible hand models about the distribution of labour in science are not robust against changes in the number of standards.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: division of labor, simulation, Kitcher, scientific activity
    Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
    General Issues > Theory Change
    General Issues > Science Policy
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] SPSP 2009: Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (Minnesota, June 18-20, 2009)
    Depositing User: Rogier De Langhe
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4783
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4783

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