A Social Epistemology of Research Groups

  • Susann Wagenknecht

Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


This book investigates how collaborative scientific practice yields scientific knowledge. At a time when most of today’s scientific knowledge is created in research groups, the author reconsiders the social character of science to address the question of whether collaboratively created knowledge should be considered as collective achievement, and if so, in which sense. Combining philosophical analysis with qualitative empirical inquiry, this book provides a comparative case study of mono- and interdisciplinary research groups, offering insight into the day-to-day practice of scientists. The book includes field observations and interviews with scientists to present an empirically-grounded perspective on much-debated questions concerning research groups’ division of labor, relations of epistemic dependence and trust.


Philosophy of science Social epistemology Scientific knowledge Collective knowledge Epistemic trust Epistemic dependence Scientific practice Scientific collaboration Research groups Interdisciplinary research Field observation Interviews epistemology philosophy science

Authors and affiliations

  • Susann Wagenknecht
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SiegenSiegenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52409-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52410-2
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