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Pluralism: a curse or a blessing for social order?

Montuschi, Eleonora (2011) Pluralism: a curse or a blessing for social order? Order: God's, Man's and Nature's: Discussion Paper. Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

There is a sense in which pluralism needs no advocate. It is enough to take a quick look at contemporary science to realise that pluralism is common currency. It is a ‘fact’ that scientific disciplines entail a plurality of approaches, methods, styles of inquiry. It is equally easy to acknowledge how the referents of scientific investigation require a concert of disciplines and a variety of explanatory strategies. So pluralism seems to have both an epistemological and an ontological backing.1 Nor is pluralism properly a new topic in philosophy of science. To some extent it is as old as its contending topic, the unity of science – that is at least as old as logical positivism, though back in those days, more than a properly well defined alternative perspective, it ranked as a critical reaction of the few against the many to the excesses of unification, and of reduction. One voice among the few was that of Patrick Suppes who, in a rather memorable PSA Presidential address in 1978, forcefully argued that neither the languages nor the subject matters of scientific disciplines were reducible to one.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/CPNSS/research/concludedResea...
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 10:20
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 00:24
Projects: CPNSS Order Project
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60106

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