No reliable body of knowledge can be undermined by viewing its acquisition as a collective human activity. Indeed the chapter goeso beyond Harry Collins and maintains that scientists can benefit from “estranging themselves from their own practices” in this way. What else was Einstein's recognition of the conventional character of simultaneity? Or Steven Weinberg's warning against “ill-placed loyalty” to “the great heroic ideas of the past”? Many of the interpretive confusions plaguing the foundations of quantum mechanics might reflect insufficient estrangement from unsound linguistic practices.
Keywords: human experience; body of knowledge; human activity; Harry Collins; quantum mechanics; linguistic practices
Chapter. 2206 words.
Subjects: Philosophy of Science
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