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Resolving conceptual conflicts through voting

Cuypers, Vincent and De Block, Andreas (2022) Resolving conceptual conflicts through voting. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Scientific activities strongly depend on concepts and classifications to represent the world in an orderly and workable manner. This creates a trade-off. On the one hand, it is important to leave space for conceptual and classificatory criticism. On the other hand, agreement on which concepts and classifications to use, is often crucial for communication and the integration of research and ideas. In this paper, we show that this trade-off can sometimes be best resolved through conceptual governance, in which scientific institutions set a collective conceptual standard, and that voting can be a reasonable way to implement that governance. Voting is a means to simultaneously aggregate among conflicting values, preferences and priorities that often underpin conceptual or classificatory debates, all while signaling ongoing disagreement. We also discuss how the legitimacy of the voting process and its outcome can be ensured.


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Cuypers, Vincentvincent.cuypers@uhasselt.be0000-0002-9556-5359
De Block, Andreasandreas.deblock@kuleuven.be0000-0002-7927-8210
Keywords: Concepts – Classifications – Governance – Voting – Taxonomy - Values
Subjects: General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Mr. Vincent Cuypers
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2022 13:31
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 13:31
Item ID: 21484
Subjects: General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21484

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