Formal Models of Scientific Inquiry in a Social Context: An Introduction

Dunja Šešelja (Corresponding author), Christian Straßer (Corresponding author), Anne Marie Borg

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Formal models of scientific inquiry, aimed at capturing socio-epistemic aspects underlying the process of scientific research, have become an important method in formal social epistemology and philosophy of science. In this introduction to the special issue we provide a historical overview of the development of formal models of this kind and analyze their methodological contributions to discussions in philosophy of science. In particular, we show that their significance consists in different forms of ‘methodological iteration’ (Elliott 2012) whereby the models initiate new lines of inquiry, isolate and clarify problems with existing knowledge claims, and stimulate further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


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