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Understanding Futures of Science. Connecting Causal Layered Analysis and the Philosophy of Science

Virmajoki, Veli (2021) Understanding Futures of Science. Connecting Causal Layered Analysis and the Philosophy of Science. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I analyze the similarities and connections between the philosophy of science and causal layered analysis. I point out that the philosophy of science can be understood as a kind of causal layered analysis of science. The philosophy of science has mythic/metaphoric, structural/worldview, and causal levels that make science understandable. Moreover, the philosophy of science has analytic tools that correspond to the items in the so-called poststructural toolbox. These similarities and connections mean that the insights in the philosophy of science can be used to investigate the important but neglected topic of possible futures of science. This makes it possible (i) to open up the present and past to create alternative futures of science, and (ii) to reveal deep worldview commitments behind surface phenomena in science-related discourses. Connecting the philosophy of science with causal layered analysis also provides fresh insight into the nature of each approach.


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Virmajoki, Velivevirm@utu.fi
Keywords: Future of Science; Philosophy of Science; Causal Layered Analysis; History of Science
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Dr. Veli Virmajoki
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 03:43
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2021 03:43
Item ID: 19444
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: June 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19444

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