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Pursuitworthiness in the Scheme of Futures

Virmajoki, Veli (2023) Pursuitworthiness in the Scheme of Futures. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I argue that analyzing pursuitworthiness in science requires that we study possible futures of science. The merits of different criteria of pursuitworthiness need to be assessed against scenarios of the future of science. Different criteria recognize and ignore different scenarios. As a consequence, different criteria enable us to manage different future possibilities. While it might be impossible to predict the future of science, there are still many interesting things we can say about the possible futures of science. We can construct scenarios of the future of science on the basis of philosophical accounts of science. I point out that the topic of pursuitworthiness is not the only topic that can be approached by connecting philosophy of science with the construction of scenarios.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Virmajoki, Velivevirm@utu.fi
Additional Information: Forthcoming in European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Pursuitworthiness; Futures Research; Scientific Change; Scenarios; Future of Science
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Veli Virmajoki
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 19:25
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2023 19:25
Item ID: 21630
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21630

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