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Scientific innovation: A conceptual explication and a dilemma

Sturm, Thomas (2019) Scientific innovation: A conceptual explication and a dilemma. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (3). pp. 321-341. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

I offer an analysis of the concept of scientific innovation. When research is innovated, highly noveland usefulelements of investigation begin to spread through a scientific community, resulting from a process which is neither due to blind chance nor to necessity, but to a minimal use of rationality. This, however, leads to tension between two claims: (1) scientific innovation can be explained rationally; (2) no existing account of rationality explains scientific innovation. There are good reasons to maintain (1) and (2), but it is difficult for both claims to be accepted simultaneously by a rational subject.In particular, I argue that neither standard nor bounded theories of rationality can deliver a satisfactory explanation of scientific innovations.


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CreatorsEmailORCID
Sturm, ThomasThomas.Sturm@uab.cat0000-0001-5698-3542
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Scientific innovation, rationality, heuristics, models of scientific change, science policy
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 00:23
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 00:23
Item ID: 16704
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.20652
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: September 2019
Page Range: pp. 321-341
Volume: 34
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16704

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