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Scientific ignorance: Probing the limits of scientific research and knowledge production

Fernández Pinto, Manuela (2019) Scientific ignorance: Probing the limits of scientific research and knowledge production. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (2). pp. 195-211. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to clarify the concept of scientific ignorance: what is it, what are its sources, and when is it epistemically detrimental for science. I present a taxonomy of scientific ignorance, distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic sources. I argue that the latter can create a detrimental epistemic gap, which have significant epistemic and social consequences. I provide three examples from medical research to illustrate this point. To conclude, I claim that while some types of scientific ignorance are inevitable and even desirable, other types of scientific ignorance are epistemically and ethically flawed and should be prevented.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Fernández Pinto, Manuelam.fernandezp@uniandes.edu.co
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: scientific ignorance, agnotology, wishful thinking, selective ignorance, medical research
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 23:45
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 23:45
Item ID: 16483
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.19329
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: May 2019
Page Range: pp. 195-211
Volume: 34
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16483

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