Virtues and vices in scientific practice

Paternotte, Cedric and Ivanova, Milena (2016) Virtues and vices in scientific practice. Synthese, 1-21. doi:10.1007/s11229-016-1023-2

Author Paternotte, Cedric
Ivanova, Milena
Title Virtues and vices in scientific practice
Journal name Synthese   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-0964
Publication date 2016-02-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1023-2
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The role intellectual virtues play in scientific inquiry has raised significant discussions in the recent literature. A number of authors have recently explored the link between virtue epistemology and philosophy of science with the aim to show whether epistemic virtues can contribute to the resolution of the problem of theory choice. This paper analyses how intellectual virtues can be beneficial for successful resolution of theory choice. We explore the role of virtues as well as vices in scientific inquiry and their beneficial effects in the context of theory choice. We argue that vices can play a role in widening the set of potential candidate theories and support our claim with historical examples and normative arguments from formal social epistemology. We argue that even though virtues appear to be neither necessary nor sufficient for scientific success, they have a positive effect because they accelerate successful convergence amongst scientists in theory choice situations.
Keyword Consensus formation
Social epistemology
Theory choice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 3 February 2016

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