•  35
    Modeling the social organization of science: Chasing complexity through simulations
    European Journal for Philosophy of Science 7 (2): 221-238. 2017.
    At least since Kuhn’s Structure, philosophers have studied the influence of social factors in science’s pursuit of truth and knowledge. More recently, formal models and computer simulations have allowed philosophers of science and social epistemologists to dig deeper into the detailed dynamics of scientific research and experimentation, and to develop very seemingly realistic models of the social organization of science. These models purport to be predictive of the optimal allocations of factors…Read more
  •  34
    As scientific research moves increasingly to the private sector, the social organization of science undergoes important transformations. Focusing on the production of ignorance, agnotology has been a fruitful approach to understanding the social and epistemic consequences of the recent commercialization of scientific research. Despite their important contributions, scholars working on agnotology seem to hold implicit normative commitments that are in tension with their descriptive accounts of ig…Read more
  •  30
    Commercialization and the Limits of Well-Ordered Science
    Perspectives on Science 23 (2): 173-191. 2015.
    In recent decades, philosophers of science have become increasingly concerned with the social dimensions of scientific knowledge. Philosophers such as Helen Longino, Philip Kitcher, Miriam Solomon, Heather Douglas, and Janet Kourany have sought to incorporate the social aspects of science, while retaining the normative commitments of philosophy of science. Some of the major theoretical approaches in social epistemology of science, however, tend to ignore or underestimate the role that the curren…Read more
  •  29
    Economics Imperialism in Social Epistemology A Critical Assessment
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences 46 (5): 443-472. 2016.
    Expanding on recent philosophical contributions to the conceptual and normative framework of scientific imperialism, I examine whether the economics approach to social epistemology can be considered a case of economics imperialism and determine whether economics’ explanatory expansionism appropriately contributes to this philosophical subfield or not. I argue first that the economics approach to social epistemology counts as a case of economics imperialism under a broad conception of the term, a…Read more
  •  26
    The purpose of this paper is to uncover some of the limitations that critical contextual empiricism, and in particular Longino's contextualism, faces when trying to provide a normative account of scientific knowledge that is relevant to current scientific research. After presenting the four norms of effective criticism, I show how the norms have limited scope when dealing with cases of current scientific practices. I then present some historical evidence for the claim that the organization of sc…Read more
  •  19
    With an innovative perspective on the social character of ignorance production, agnotology has been a fruitful approach for understanding the social and epistemological consequences of the interaction between industry and scientific research. In this paper, I argue that agnotology, or the study of ignorance, contributes to a better understanding of commercially driven research and its societal impact, showing the ways in which industrial interests have reshaped the epistemic aims of traditional …Read more
  •  14
    Democratic values and their role in maximizing the objectivity of science (review)
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 59 121-124. 2016.
  •  11
    The article examines the process of niche standardization in medical research as an example of democratizing strategies implemented in industry-funded science. I argue that niche standardization can lead to undesirable epistemic and ethical consequences, if the various goals of research are not properly aligned. I examine two examples: the case of Sarafem, approved for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder in women, and the case of BiDil, approved for exclusive use in African American…Read more
  •  9
    Scientific ignorance: Probing the limits of scientific research and knowledge production
    Theoria. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science 34 (2): 195. 2019.
    The aim of the paper is to clarify the concept of scientific ignorance: what is it, what are its sources, and when is it epistemically detrimental for science. I present a taxonomy of scientific ignorance, distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic sources. I argue that the latter can create a detrimental epistemic gap, which have significant epistemic and social consequences. I provide three examples from medical research to illustrate this point. To conclude, I claim that while some types …Read more
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    Learning from ignorance: agnotology's challenge to philosophy of science
    Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 7 (2): 181. 2014.
  • Commercialization and the Limits of Critical Contextual Empiricism
    Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 62 43-48. 2018.
    Philosophers of science have become increasingly concerned with the social dimensions of scientific knowledge. The general aim of the paper is to show that approaches in social epistemology of science fail to take into account important changes that the organization of science has undergone in the past decades. I argue that the social organization of science is an important “social dimension” of scientific knowledge that philosophers need to consider. In order to do so, I focus on Helen Longino’…Read more
  • Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity (edited book)
    with Uskali Mäki and Adrian Walsh
    Routledge. forthcoming.
  • Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity (edited book)
    with Uskali Mäki and Adrian Walsh
    Routledge. 2017.