PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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When Ecology Needs Economics and Economics Needs Ecology: Interdisciplinary Exchange in the Age of Humans

Evidence that humans play a dominant role in most ecosystems forces scientists to confront systems that contain factors transgressing traditional disciplinary boundaries. However, it is an open question whether this state of affairs should encourage interdisciplinary exchange or integration. With two case studies, we show that exchange between ecologists and economists is preferable, for epistemological and policy-oriented reasons, to their acting independently. We call this “exchange gain.” Our case studies show that theoretical exchanges can be less disruptive to current theory than commonly thought—valuable exchange does not necessarily require disciplinary integration.

Author Information:

S. Andrew Inkpen    
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh

C. Tyler DesRoches    
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University


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