On the epistemic and normative benefits of methodological pluralism


24 mars 2023



Salle Ladrière, Place Cardinal Mercier 14, Louvain-la-Neuve & Online (YouTube)

Séminaire du centre CEFISES avec Federica Russo, University of Amsterdam and University College London) et Juliette Ferry-Danini, UCLouvain.

L' ISP, le centre centre CEFISES, et le groupe de contact FNRS OLOFOS ((Onto-)LOgical Frameworks Of Science) ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la cinquième séance du séminaire OLOFOS de cette année, dont le thème général est :

"Scientific modelization: content and convention".

Thème de la cinquième séance: " On the epistemic and normative

Argumentaire : 

Techno-scientific practices are very diverse in terms of conceptual assumptions and methodological approaches across the sciences, and even within a given field or empirical study. A de facto existence of a plurality of methods raises immediately the question of the status of any pluralistic approach. In this talk, I first provide an overview of the multiple ways in which we encounter a plurality and diversity of methods across a number of techno-scientific domains. I then defend a qualified form of methodological pluralism, one that builds on the work on Hacking’s ‘styles of reasoning’ and on Ruphy’s ’foliated pluralism’. I argue that we ought to support a pluralistic stance concerning methods for both epistemic and normative reasons. In particular, I will expose the benefits of a pluralistic approach against the perils of ‘imperialistic’ attitudes, namely the tendencies and attempts to impose the supremacy and use of one method only. I illustrate my claims with examples from the biomedical and social sciences.

Lien YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/@CEFISES/streams 



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