Science Studies and the Theory of Games

Perspectives on Science 14 (4):525-557 (2006)
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Abstract

Being scientific research a process of social interaction, this process can be studied from a game-theoretic perspective. Some conceptual and formal instruments that can help to understand scientific research as a game are introduced, and it is argued that game theoretic epistemology provides a middle ground for 'rationalist' and 'constructivist' theories of scientific knowledge. In the first part , a description of the essential elements of game of science is made, using an inferentialist conception of rationality. In the second part , some ideas for the reconstruction of case studies are introduced, and applied to one example: Latour's analysis of Joliot's attempt to build an atomic bomb. Lastly, in the third part , a formal analysis of the constitution of scientific consensus is offered

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Jesus Pedro Zamora Bonilla
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Knowledge and Social Imagery.David Bloor - 1976 - University of Chicago Press.
Making It Explicit.Isaac Levi & Robert B. Brandom - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (3):145.
Pandora’s Hope.Bruno Latour - 1998 - Harvard University Press.

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