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Epistemic Divergence and the Publicity of Scientific Methods

Piccinini, Gualtiero (2002) Epistemic Divergence and the Publicity of Scientific Methods. [Preprint]

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Abstract. Epistemic divergence occurs when different investigators give different answers to the same question using evidence-collecting methods that are not public. Without following the principle that scientific methods must be public, scientific communities risk epistemic divergence. I explicate the notion of public method and argue that, to avoid the risk of epistemic divergence, scientific communities should (and do) apply only methods that are public.

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Item Type: Preprint
Piccinini, Gualtiero
Keywords: scientific method, intersubjectivity
Subjects: General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
Depositing User: Gualtiero Piccinini
Date Deposited: 21 May 2002
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 650

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