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A Pragmatic Approach to Scientific Change: Transfer, Alignment, Influence

Canali, Stefano (2022) A Pragmatic Approach to Scientific Change: Transfer, Alignment, Influence. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 12 (48). ISSN 1879-4912

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Abstract

I propose an approach that expands philosophical views of scientific change, on the basis of an analysis of contemporary biomedical research and recent developments in the philosophy of scientific change. Focusing on the establishment of the exposome in epidemiology as a case study and the role of data as a context for contrasting views on change, I discuss change at conceptual, methodological, material, and social levels of biomedical epistemology. Available models of change provide key resources to discuss this type of change, but I present the need for an approach that models transfer, alignment, and influence as key processes of change. I develop this as a pragmatic approach to scientific change, where processes might change substantially depending on specific circumstances, thus contributing to and complementing the debate on a crucial epistemological issue.


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Canali, Stefanostefano.canali@polimi.it0000-0002-5948-3874
Keywords: Scientific Change; Big data; Paradigms; Exposome; Epidemiology; Postgenomics.
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Stefano Canali
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 13:00
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2022 13:00
Item ID: 20930
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13194-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-022-00477-7
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2022
Volume: 12
Number: 48
ISSN: 1879-4912
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20930

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