What is Science? Methodological Pitfalls Underlying the Empirical Exploration of Scientific Knowledge
Author: Yaneva, Dominika
Source: Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Volume 37, Number 2, October 2006 , pp. 333-353(21)
Abstract:The validity of three premises, set as foundational pillars of modern sociological approach to science, is contested, namely: (i) the postulate, stating that science is devoid of whatever generis specifical; (ii) it is liable to the usual empirical study; (iii) the practicing scientist's self-reflexive judgements must be disbelieved and rejected. Contrariwise, the ignored so far quaint nature of knowledge, escaping even from the elementary empirical treating - discernment and observation - is revealed and demonstrated. This peculiar nature requires, accordingly, a specific meta-cognitive dealing for positing it as `empirical object', unfortunately missed still by the Strong Programme. The inadequate approach adopted led to a substitution of `scientific' for common knowledge. The tacit thus far alternative, setting the foundations of meta-science, is suggested.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2006-10-01