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Global Epistemologies and Philosophies of Science

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ISBN 9781032042633
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
338 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In bringing together a global community of philosophers, Global Epistemologies and Philosophies of Science develops novel perspectives on epistemology and philosophy of science by demonstrating how frameworks from academic philosophy (e.g. standpoint theory, social epistemology, feminist philosophy of science) and related fields (e.g. decolonial studies, transdisciplinarity, global history of science) can contribute to critical engagement with global dimensions of knowledge and science.

Global challenges such as climate change, food production, and infectious diseases raise complex questions about scientific knowledge production and its interactions with local knowledge systems and social realities. As academic philosophy provides relatively little reflection on global negotiations of knowledge, many pressing scientific and societal issues remain disconnected from core debates in epistemology and philosophy of science.

This book is an invitation to broaden agendas of academic philosophy by presenting epistemology and philosophy of science as globally engaged fields that address heterogeneous forms of knowledge production and their interactions with local livelihoods, practices, and worldviews. This integrative ambition makes the book equally relevant for philosophers and interdisciplinary scholars who are concerned with methodological and political challenges at the intersection of science and society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reimagining Epistemology and Philosophy of Science from a Global Perspective

Part I: Rethinking Philosophical Practices

1. Philosophy or Philosophies? Epistemology or Epistemologies?

2. Linguistic diversity in Philosophy

3. Anti-colonial Feminisms and Their Philosophies of Science: Latin American Issues

4. Philosophy of Science in China: Politicized, De-politicized, and Re-politicized

5. Experimental Philosophy

Part II: Reconfiguring Scientific Methods

6. Developing transdisciplinary practices: an interplay between disagreement and trust

7. Sustainability science as a management science: Beyond the natural-social divide

8. "Science Must Fall" and the Call for Decolonization in South Africa

9. Structural Epistemic (In)Justice in Global Contexts

10. Excess and indigenous worldview: Philosophising on the problem of method

11. Radical Alterity, Representation, and the Ontological Turn

Part III: Negotiating Science in/with Society

12. The Democratization of Science

13. Science and Values – Multi-Strategic Research and Traditional Saberes

14. Science and industry funding

15. Innovationism North and South

16. Post-truth and science: looking beyond the Global North

Part IV: Situating the Living World

17. Environmental Thinking in African Philosophy: A Defence of Biocentrism using the notion of Nma Ndu

18. Cultural Evolution: A Case Study in Global Epistemologies of Science

19. What is an appropriate philosophy of human science for 21st century indigenous psychologies?

20. On local medical traditions

21. Revisiting the question of race and biology in the South African social sciences

Part V: Reimagining Abstract and Physical Worlds

22. Philosophical Cartography

23. Modelling the apparent spread of science: Some insights from the history of science in Japan

24. Buddhist Logic from a Global Perspective

25. Perspectives on the Indian Mathematical Tradition

26. Science as craftwork with integrity


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David Ludwig is an associate professor in the "Knowledge, Technology and Innovation" Group of Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands). His work combines philosophy of science and transdisciplinary research in addressing epistemological, ontological, political challenges in scientific practice.

Inkeri Koskinen is a senior research fellow at Tampere University (Finland), and a member of the Centre for Philosophy of Social Science (TINT). She works on scientific objectivity, democratisation of scientific knowledge production, social and cognitive diversity in science, demarcation, and philosophy of the humanities.

Zinhle Mncube is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg and a PhD student in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She works on issues related to personalising medicine, the role of genes in phenotypes, and philosophy of race, broadly construed.

Luana Poliseli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), Austria. Her work approaches general philosophical questions through empirical knowledge of particular sciences, including themes of visualization and imagination in scientific understanding; mechanistic explanation; model-building; and knowledge production for sustainability sciences.

Luis Reyes-Galindo is an independent researcher and an associate editor for the journal Tapuya. His research includes the sociology of science and technology, scientific communication and open access publishing, and the role of experts in policy making.