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Experimental Philosophy of Science and Philosophical Differences across the Sciences

Robinson, Brian and Gonnerman, Chad and O'Rourke, Michael (2018) Experimental Philosophy of Science and Philosophical Differences across the Sciences. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the underdeveloped field of experimental philosophy of science. We examine variability in the philosophical views of scientists. Using data from Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, we analyze scientists’ responses to prompts on philosophical issues (methodology, confirmation, values, reality, reductionism, and motivation for scientific research) to assess variance in the philosophical views of physical scientists, life scientists, and social and behavioral scientists. We find six prompts about which differences arose, with several more that look promising for future research. We then evaluate the difference between the natural and social sciences and the challenge of interdisciplinary integration across scientific branches.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Robinson, Brianbrian.robinson@tamuk.edu0000-0003-0694-3328
Gonnerman, Chad
O'Rourke, Michael0000-0002-4629-0811
Keywords: Experimental philosophy, philosophy of science, integration, interdisciplinarity
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Brian Robinson
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2018 14:12
Item ID: 15025
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 13 August 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15025

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