Withstanding Tensions: Scientific Disagreement and Epistemic Tolerance

TitleWithstanding Tensions: Scientific Disagreement and Epistemic Tolerance
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsStraßer, C, Šešelja, D, Wieland, JWillem
Secondary AuthorsIppoliti, E
Book TitleHeuristic Reasoning
SeriesStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Many philosophers of science consider scientific disagreementto be a major promoter of scientific progress. However, we lack an ac-count of the epistemically and heuristically appropriate response scien-tists should have towards opposing positions in peer disagreements. Eventhough some scientific pluralists have advocated a notion of tolerance,the implications of this notion for one’s epistemic stance and, more gen-erally, for the scientific practice have been insuficiently explicated in theliterature. In this paper we explicate a characteristic tension in whichdisagreeing scientists are situated and on this basis we propose a notionof epistemic tolerance.

Citation Keystrasser2015withstanding