Scientific Communities, Objectivity and the Transformation of Science

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Bruce K. Kirchoff, Emeritus Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In this paper I explore some characteristics and consequences of social influences on scientific knowledge. I begin with a consideration of community influences on the practice of science. In these considerations I have been influenced by the work of Barfield (1988), Bloor (1976) and Longino (1990). These ideas lead me to a consideration of the relationship between our perceptions of what we take to be the objective world and the "reality" that underlies these perceptions. I also explore the way communities and individuals become the vehicles for the manifestation of certain views of the world, views that are both culturally relative and true. Finally, I return to science to suggest methods by which we can extend current scientific conceptions and practices.

Additional Information

Research Report Causality Project CP-8, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Sausalito, CA.
Language: English
Date: 1996
social influences, community influences, science

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