Interdisciplinarity in Philosophy of Science

  • Marie I. Kaiser
  • Maria Kronfeldner
  • Robert Meunier
Article

Abstract

This paper examines various ways in which philosophy of science can be interdisciplinary. It aims to provide a map of relations between philosophy and sciences, some of which are interdisciplinary. Such a map should also inform discussions concerning the question “How much philosophy is there in the philosophy of science?” In Sect. 1, we distinguish between synoptic and collaborative interdisciplinarity. With respect to the latter, we furthermore distinguish between two kinds of reflective forms of collaborative interdisciplinarity. We also briefly explicate how complexity triggers interdisciplinarity. In Sect. 2, we apply the distinctions of Sect. 1 to philosophy of science and analyze in which sense different styles of philosophy of science are interdisciplinary. The styles that we discuss are a synoptic-general, a reflective-general, a reflective-particular, a particular-embedded and a descriptive or normative style.

Keywords

Interdisciplinarity Reflective disciplines Collaboration Philosophical styles Complexity Normativity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie I. Kaiser
    • 1
  • Maria Kronfeldner
    • 2
  • Robert Meunier
    • 3
  1. 1.Philosophisches SeminarUniversität KölnCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyCEUBudapestHungary
  3. 3.History and Philosophy of the Life-SciencesICI Kulturlabor BerlinBerlinGermany

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