The Social Life of Scientific Theories: A Case Study from Behavioral Sciences
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- Longino, H.E. Biol Theory (2013) 7: 390. doi:10.1007/s13752-012-0053-3
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This article reports on the third phase of a comparative epistemological, ontological, and social analysis of a variety of approaches to investigating human behavior. In focusing on the fate of scientific ideas once they leave the context in which they were developed, I hope not only to show that their communication for a broader audience imposes a shape on their interrelations different than they seem to have in the research context, but also to suggest that a study comparing different approaches to the same phenomenon is more illuminating than one that focuses on a single approach.