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Replacement and Expansion in Scientific Imperialism

Thorén, Henrik LU (2015) In Social Epistemology
Abstract
This paper overviews recent, and not so recent, contributions to the literature on scientific imperialism. Two common reasons why imperialism is thought to be illicit are identified. One relies on failed expansion, or generalisation, the other on the imperialising discipline to replace viable alternatives. These are labeled type-I and type-II imperial- ist failures respectively. It is argued that these failures are independent of one another, although not mutually exclu- sive. It is argued that type-II failures are generally more serious but that in order to make sense of them one will have to give the boundaries of the context in which replacement takes place. The closing sections of the paper provides a discussion on an issue often... (More)
This paper overviews recent, and not so recent, contributions to the literature on scientific imperialism. Two common reasons why imperialism is thought to be illicit are identified. One relies on failed expansion, or generalisation, the other on the imperialising discipline to replace viable alternatives. These are labeled type-I and type-II imperial- ist failures respectively. It is argued that these failures are independent of one another, although not mutually exclu- sive. It is argued that type-II failures are generally more serious but that in order to make sense of them one will have to give the boundaries of the context in which replacement takes place. The closing sections of the paper provides a discussion on an issue often overlooked in contemporary literature, namely what resistance to imperialism really amounts to. (Less)
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  abstract     = {This paper overviews recent, and not so recent, contributions to the literature on scientific imperialism. Two common reasons why imperialism is thought to be illicit are identified. One relies on failed expansion, or generalisation, the other on the imperialising discipline to replace viable alternatives. These are labeled type-I and type-II imperial- ist failures respectively. It is argued that these failures are independent of one another, although not mutually exclu- sive. It is argued that type-II failures are generally more serious but that in order to make sense of them one will have to give the boundaries of the context in which replacement takes place. The closing sections of the paper provides a discussion on an issue often overlooked in contemporary literature, namely what resistance to imperialism really amounts to.},
  author       = {Thorén, Henrik},
  issn         = {0269-1728},
  keyword      = {Interdisciplinarity,Unification,Scientific imperialism},
  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Social Epistemology},
  title        = {Replacement and Expansion in Scientific Imperialism},
  year         = {2015},
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