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Du Bois on the centralized organization of science

Bright, L. K. (2023) Du Bois on the centralized organization of science. In: Griffioen, Amber L. and Backmann, Marius, (eds.) Pluralizing Philosophy’s Past: New Reflections in the History of Philosophy. Springer International (Firm), 31 - 43. ISBN 9783031134043

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-031-13405-0_3


W.E.B. Du Bois successfully organized a sociological research lab in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Atlanta. By examining his practice as a research organizer, as well as the philosophical principles which undergirded much of his scientific work, we can draw lessons about how to solve pressing problems of social epistemology—that is to say, problems with how we produce and disseminate knowledge through collective inquiry. Many of the problems we deal with in contemporary science are caused by problems in our institutional or incentive structures. For instance, we do not sufficiently replicate past work in large part because we have not organized scientific inquiry so as to encourage this. The lessons Du Bois may teach us can thus speak directly to contemporary issues.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2024 15:57
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 19:39

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