The Origins of Methods

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI:
The Origins of Methods

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This chapter examines methodological innovation by investigating large claims about the role of common sense as matrix for the methods of sciences. It discusses transference of methods between disciplines and some ways in which some disciplines may serve others as models or arbiters of method. It summarizes the social, institutional, and technological factors that may stimulate methodological innovation: changes in the social roles of practitioners of the sciences; the routines, practices, and instrumentation of technicians; teaching curricula; the organization, architecture, and resources of scientific institutions; and technologies of representation and communication.

Keywords: common sense; methodological innovation; arbiters of method; scientific institutions; technicians; representation; communication

Chapter.  10240 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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