Synthese 195 (9):4125-4146 (2018)

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Roberto Fumagalli
King's College London
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In recent years, several authors have debated about the justifiability of so-called scientific imperialism. To date, however, widespread disagreements remain regarding both the identification and the normative evaluation of scientific imperialism. In this paper, I aim to remedy this situation by making some conceptual distinctions concerning scientific imperialism and by providing a detailed assessment of the most prominent objections to it. I shall argue that these objections provide a valuable basis for opposing some instances of scientific imperialism, but do not yield cogent reasons to think that scientific imperialism in general is objectionable or unjustified. I then highlight three wide-ranging implications of this result for the ongoing philosophical debate about the justifiability of scientific imperialism.
Keywords Scientific Imperialism  Disciplinary Autonomy  Disunity of Science  Scientific Progress  Epistemic Justification  Pragmatic Justification
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1411-2
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