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“Field” Philosophy and the Problem of Interactions Between Philosophers and Varied Social Group

Journal: The Digital Scholar: Philosopher’s Lab (Vol.1, No. 1)

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Page : 190-211

Keywords : applied philosophy; field philosophy; scientific communication; mediation; expertise; interdisciplinarity; understanding; coupled ethical-scientific resea;

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This study describes the basic approaches to the field philosophy developed by the American philosophers Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle, and evaluates the role of Nancy Tuana's “ethico-epistemological analysis” in interdisciplinary projects. The author explores these concepts in the context of a debate about the possibilities of applying philosophical knowledge in real day-to-day activities. The paper evaluates Frodeman's call for going be-yond the limits of internal philosophical communications and actively interacting with scientists, engineers, decision-makers and other social groups on the issues of science and technology policy, the environment, global changes, etc. The practical experience of Briggle, regarding par-ticipation in the “field” project on public expertise of hydraulic fracturing in Denton, Texas, is also described. The idea of Tuana about integrated ethico-epistemological studies is considered as conceptually close and in many ways clarifying the “field” philosophy. The final part of the study is a critical assessment and discussion of the above approach

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