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Epistemic and Methodological Iteration in Scientific Research

Elliott, Kevin (2012) Epistemic and Methodological Iteration in Scientific Research. [Preprint]

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    A number of scholars have recently drawn attention to the importance of iteration in scientific research. This paper builds on these previous discussions by drawing a distinction between epistemic and methodological forms of iteration and by clarifying the relationships between them. As defined here, epistemic iteration involves progressive alterations to scientific knowledge claims, whereas methodological iteration refers to an interplay between different modes of research practice. While distinct, these two forms of iteration are related in important ways. Contemporary research on the biological effects of nanomaterials illustrates that methodological iteration can help to “initiate,” “equip,” and “stimulate” epistemic iteration.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: iteration, discovery, exploratory experimentation, error, anomaly, nanotechnology
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
    General Issues > Experimentation
    General Issues > Technology
    General Issues > Theory Change
    Depositing User: Kevin Elliott
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 07:18
    Last Modified: 07 Mar 2012 07:18
    Item ID: 9041
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9041

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