Withstanding tensions: scientific disagreement and epistemic tolerance

Christian Straßer, Dunja Šešelja, Jan Willem Wieland

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Many philosophers of science consider scientific disagreement to be a major promoter of scientific progress. However, we lack an account of the epistemically and heuristically appropriate response scientists should have towards opposing positions in peer disagreements. Even though some scientific pluralists have advocated a notion of tolerance, the implications of this notion for one’s epistemic stance and, more generally, for the scientific practice have been insufficiently explicated in the literature. In this paper we explicate a characteristic tension in which disagreeing scientists are situated and on this basis we propose a notion of epistemic tolerance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeuristic Reasoning
EditorsEmiliano Ippoliti
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics


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