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Title: Scientific imperialism, folk morality and the proper boundaries of disciplines
Contributor(s): Walsh, Adrian  (author)orcid ; Boucher, Sandy C  (author)
Publication Date: 2018
Early Online Version: 2017-10-16
DOI: 10.4324/9781315163673-2
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Abstract: This chapter suggests that the concerns over John Dupres central cases have been unnecessarily tied to more general questions about pluralism and the boundaries between disciplines, which have ultimately served to muddy the waters. It aims to disentangle the issue of scientific imperialism from the issue of pluralism and proper disciplinary boundaries. The chapter explores the extent to which the illustrative cases provide genuine evidential support for a pluralism of the kind that Dupre advocates or for the idea of scientific imperialism. It provides a methodological critique of the use of the notion of "proper boundaries" when assessing the legitimacy of new inquiries. The chapter considers the plausibility of scientific imperialism as an explanation of why these disciplinary expansions cause disconcertion on the part of many. It also suggests that the concept of proper boundaries itself plays any significant role when attempting to determine the legitimacy or otherwise of any example of disciplinary expansion.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity, p. 13-30
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781315163673
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 500317 Philosophy of science (excl. history and philosophy of specific fields)
500204 History and philosophy of science
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280119 Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society
Series Number : 36
Editor: Editor(s): Uskali Maki, Adrian Walsh and Manuela Fernandez Pinto
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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