A Social Epistemology of Research Groups by Susann Wagenknecht

By Susann Wagenknecht

This publication investigates how collaborative clinical perform yields clinical wisdom. At a time whilst such a lot of today’s medical wisdom is created in examine teams, the writer reconsiders the social personality of technology to deal with the query of no matter if collaboratively created wisdom will be regarded as collective success, and if this is the case, during which feel. Combining philosophical research with qualitative empirical inquiry, this booklet presents a comparative case research of mono- and interdisciplinary study teams, delivering perception into the daily perform of scientists. The publication comprises box observations and interviews with scientists to give an empirically-grounded viewpoint on much-debated questions referring to examine teams’ department of work, family members of epistemic dependence and trust.

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794), continuously adapting to the ways in which scientific fields evolve. Research group members, as Hackett observes, typically “work face-toface, sharing work space, materials, technologies, objectives, hypotheses 2 For competition among members of a research group see Edge and Mulkay (1976); Hagstrom (1974b), and for the complicated mediation between collaboration and competition in research groups see Traweek (1988, p. 88); Poulsen (2001). 1 The Phenomenon 23 and, to a significant degree, a professional reputation and fate” (Hackett, 2005, p.

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