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Borrowed KnowledgeChaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines$
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Stephen H. Kellert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226429786

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226429809.001.0001

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Disciplinary Pluralism

Disciplinary Pluralism

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Borrowed Knowledge
University of Chicago Press

Many disciplines provide useful ways to understand and evaluate the phenomenon of borrowing. By turns, we may have to ask questions about the social structures of academic work, the way language works, and the nature of evaluative questions. Before addressing these specific tasks, this chapter articulates and defends the book's general methodological approach. This methodology has two main features: disciplinary pluralism, that is, using a wide array of techniques of inquiry; and normative naturalism, that is, using empirical inquiries to inform evaluative judgments about what works well and what does not. After clarifying the meaning of methodology in this study, the chapter turns to disciplinary pluralism and then to normative naturalism.

Keywords:   borrowing, disciplinary pluralism, normative naturalism, methodology

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