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

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Micro-integration as a form of engaged philosophy work

One significant mode of socially relevant philosophy of/in science and engineering involves engaging scientists and engineers in philosophical dialogue. We argue that philosophical dialogue is one important mechanism for integrating research-relevant inputs in a collaborative context, with the integrated output being a central component of the team’s shared mental model. In developing our proposal that philosophical dialogue functions as an integrative mechanism, we focus on transcript data from the Toolbox Project. We sketch a preliminary taxonomy of integrative moments (i.e., “micro-integrations”) in six coded Toolbox transcripts, arguing that these moments are instances of integration by identifying the integrative relations involved.

Author Information:

Stephen Crowley    
Boise State University

Chad Gonnerman    
University of Southern Indiana

Michael O'Rourke    
Michigan State University

Brian Robinson    
Texas A&M University - Kingsville


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