Problems and Prospects of Interdisciplinary Philosophy of Science: An Opinionated Report from the Workbench.
|Title||Problems and Prospects of Interdisciplinary Philosophy of Science: An Opinionated Report from the Workbench.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Kaiser, Marie I., Maria Kronfeldner, and Robert Meunier|
|Journal title||Briefe zur Interdisziplinarität|
Early-career philosophers of science often find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place, facing conflicting demands. While they have to meet the rigorous standards of a career in philosophy, they are at the same time expected to possess detailed knowledge of the sciences they study. By pulling in different directions, these two poles can be difficult to bridge. Interdisciplinarily engaged philosophers of science face not just an increased workload but also institutional conditions that are not always supportive for their engagement. For instance, while the need for interdisciplinary research is impressed upon young researchers by their advisers and by the subject matters of their research, universities and funding institutions, by contrast, still follow rather conservative and disciplinary policies when they fill positions or allocate funding. In March 2013, the interdisciplinarity of philosophy of science and the resulting situation for early career researchers was the subject of a workshop and a panel discussion funded by the Andrea von Braun Foundation. This paper takes up several of the issues that were controversially disputed at that event.