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Scientific Pluralism

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[New Entry by David Ludwig and Stéphanie Ruphy on November 3, 2021.] Science is a complex epistemic and social practice that is organized in a large number of disciplines, employs a dazzling variety of methods, relies on heterogeneous conceptual and ontological resources, and pursues diverse goals of equally diverse research communities. Philosophers of science have often aimed to find order in this complexity through methods of unification and reduction. Pluralism, as an explicit program in philosophy of science, emerged from an increasing frustration with the limitations of unifying frameworks in...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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