Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge: New Essays by Thomas Boyer-KassemScientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge: New Essays by Thomas Boyer-Kassem

Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge: New Essays

EditorThomas Boyer-Kassem, Conor Mayo-Wilson, Michael Weisberg

Hardcover | December 7, 2017

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Descartes once argued that, with sufficient effort and skill, a single scientist could uncover fundamental truths about our world. Contemporary science proves the limits of this claim. From synthesizing the human genome to predicting the effects of climate change, some current scientificresearch requires the collaboration of hundreds (if not thousands) of scientists with various specializations. Additionally, the majority of published scientific research is now co-authored, including more than 80% of articles in the natural sciences, meaning small collaborative teams have becomethe norm in science. This volume is the first to address critical philosophical questions regarding how collective scientific research could be organized differently and how it should be organized. For example, should scientists be required to share knowledge with competing research teams? How can universities andgrant-giving institutions promote successful collaborations? When hundreds of researchers contribute to a discovery, how should credit be assigned - and can minorities expect a fair share? When collaborative work contains significant errors or fraudulent data, who deserves blame? In this collection of essays, leading philosophers of science address these critical questions, among others. Their work extends current philosophical research on the social structure of science and contributes to the growing, interdisciplinary field of social epistemology. The volume's strengthlies in the diversity of its authors' methodologies. Employing detailed case studies of scientific practice, mathematical models of scientific communities, and rigorous conceptual analysis, contributors to this volume study scientific groups of all kinds, including small labs, peer-review boards,and large international collaborations like those in climate science and particle physics.
Thomas Boyer-Kassem is an AXA post-doctoral research fellow at TiLPS, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He holds a PhD in philosophy (Paris 1, 2011) and a Master in physics (ENS de Cachan, 2006). He has published articles in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and decision theory, in particular on scientific collaboration an...
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Title:Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge: New EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190680539

ISBN - 13:9780190680534

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