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Journal Article:

Author(s) :

 

Wray, K. B.

Date of Publication :

 

2002

Article Title :

 

The epistemic significance of collaborative research

Journal Title :

 

Philosophy of Science

Volume ID :

 

69

Pages(s) :

 

150-168

Abstract :

 

Collaborative research is becoming more popular in the natural sciences, and to a lesser degree in the social sciences, because contemporary research in these fields frequently requires access to abundant resources, for which there is great competition. Scientists involved in collaborative research have been very successful in accessing these resources, which has in turn enabled them to realize the epistemic goals of science more effectively than other scientists, thus creating a research environment in which collaboration is now the norm. This paper examines the epistemic import of collaborative research and develops a functional explanation for its growing importance.

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