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RD Workshop 2: History and Philosophy of Science

11 August 2015, 16h00 – 18h00, Environmental Learning Research Centre, Room 20

Science is not a neutral practice, nor did it emerge from nowhere. It has developed over centuries via various forms of methodological and philosophical ideas and perspectives that differ in their historicity, scope, longevity and orientation. There are ancient sciences and modern sciences, and sciences that have been described as postmodern and/or postcolonial. There are sciences described as ‘Western’ or ‘indigenous’, as ‘positivist’, ‘hermeneutic’ or ‘realist’. Increasingly we are also finding sciences that are interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary, and there is more talk about marginalization in science, which has implications for scientific practice. All of these ways of describing scientific practice have historical roots, and make philosophical and methodological claims, which are often also political (even if they don’t appear to be so). This workshop will explore the scope of the scientific practice that is being undertaken by scholars attending the programme, and work with researchers to trace some of the historical and philosophical dimensions of this practice. An understanding of the history and philosophy of science is critical for defensibly working with any particular methodological approach. It can also help researchers to be more self-conscious regarding their own research practice, orientation, or politics of method, which are often taken for granted.

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