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Another Parting of the Ways: Intersubjectivity and the Objectivity of Science

Nordmann, Alfred (2012):
Another Parting of the Ways: Intersubjectivity and the Objectivity of Science.
43, In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, (1), pp. 38-46. [Article]

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Title: Another Parting of the Ways: Intersubjectivity and the Objectivity of Science
Language: English

Michael Friedman defines the scientific enterprise as an ongoing project with a dynamics of reason that persists through scientific revolutions: The coherence and continuity of science owes to a communicative rationality that is operative at all times. It assures us of our shared objective world by transforming subjective points of view into intersubjectively binding agreements. Though it takes a very broad approach epistemologically, this conception of science may yet be too narrow in respect to notions of objectivity. It excludes a prominent mode of knowledge production that might be called technoscientific. This exclusion becomes particularly evident in Friedman’s discussion of Heidegger as a critic of Cassirer and Carnap and as a critic of objectivity as “universal validity” of scientific propositions. If one tends to Heidegger’s own account of objectivity, one encounters a non-propositional notion of truth. Science is seen as a technology that brings forth phenomena and processes. Accordingly, even where modern physics appears to be concerned primarily with the formulation of theories and the testing of hypotheses, it uses mathematical and representational techniques to conceive and create the modern world. And more powerfully than intersubjective agreement, technologies assure us of the unity and objectivity of our simultaneously social as well as natural world. – There may be good reasons to hold fast to the close affiliation of communicative rationality, science, and enlightenment. However, to the extent that it turns a blind eye to technoscientific knowledge production and the technological character of science, a philosophy of technoscience needs to develop an alternative perspective on questions of objectivity, explanation, inference, or validation.

Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume: 43
Issue Number: 1
Classification DDC: 000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft > 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft
100 Philosophie und Psychologie > 100 Philosophie
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik > 500 Naturwissenschaften
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 09:42
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-68753
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/6875
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