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The interdisciplinarity revolution

Politi, Vincenzo (2019) The interdisciplinarity revolution. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (2). pp. 237-252. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Contemporary interdisciplinary research is often described as bringing some important changes in the structure and aims of the scientific enterprise. Sometimes, it is even characterized as a sort of Kuhnian scientific revolution. In this paper, the analogy between interdisciplinarity and scientific revolutions will be analysed. It will be suggested that the way in which interdisciplinarity is promoted looks similar to how new paradigms were described and defended in some episodes of revolutionary scientific change. However, contrary to what happens during some scientific revolutions, the rhetoric with which interdisciplinarity is promoted does not seem to be accompanied by a strong agreement about what interdisciplinarity actually is. In the end, contemporary interdisciplinarity could be defined as being in a ‘pre-paradigmatic’ phase, with the very talk promoting interdisciplinarity being a possible obstacle to its maturity.


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Politi, Vincenzovin.politi@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity; Rhetoric of Science; Scientific Disciplines; Scientific Revolutions; Thomas Kuhn
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 23:49
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 23:49
Item ID: 16486
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.18864
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: May 2019
Page Range: pp. 237-252
Volume: 34
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16486

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