By Susann Wagenknecht

This publication investigates how collaborative medical perform yields medical wisdom. At a time while such a lot of today’s medical wisdom is created in study teams, the writer reconsiders the social personality of technological know-how to deal with the query of even if collaboratively created wisdom will be regarded as collective fulfillment, and if that is so, during which feel. Combining philosophical research with qualitative empirical inquiry, this booklet offers a comparative case research of mono- and interdisciplinary learn teams, providing perception into the daily perform of scientists. The booklet comprises box observations and interviews with scientists to give an empirically-grounded viewpoint on much-debated questions referring to study teams’ department of work, relatives of epistemic dependence and trust.

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74). Rolin’s distinction concerns the status of scientific knowledge: Should scientific knowledge, collaboratively produced by research groups, be analyzed as an irreducibly collective group view; or, rather, in terms of (testimonial) knowledge that can be attributed to single individuals? 2 Individualism or Collectivism? 25 This distinction is analytically important, and it reflects the debate that animates social epistemology’s ongoing interest in research group collaboration. What I suggest in this book, however, is a way to navigate past a rigid individualist/collectivist divide and add more nuance to Rolin’s distinction.

794), continuously adapting to the ways in which scientific fields evolve. Research group members, as Hackett observes, typically “work face-toface, sharing work space, materials, technologies, objectives, hypotheses 2 For competition among members of a research group see Edge and Mulkay (1976); Hagstrom (1974b), and for the complicated mediation between collaboration and competition in research groups see Traweek (1988, p. 88); Poulsen (2001). 1 The Phenomenon 23 and, to a significant degree, a professional reputation and fate” (Hackett, 2005, p.

My approach in Chap. 9 is different, since the philosophical concepts there are rather abstract, and particularly the concept of joint commitment has little traction with the forms of research collaboration I studied. Therefore, drawing on Melinda Fagan’s work (2011), I try to assess the applicability and the analytic value of these concepts in a more indirect way. In the remainder of this chapter, I describe how I access “concrete” scientific practice through a comparative case study, relying on ethnographic observation (Sect.

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