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The One Culture?A Conversation about Science$
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Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467221

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.001.0001

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Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments

Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments

(p.268) Chapter 29 Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments
The One Culture?

Michael Lynch

University of Chicago Press

Most sociologists and historians agree that their studies of historical and contemporary cases must take into account what scientists say about their own theories and practices. It also seems that many of the scientists recognize that studies of what historical and contemporary scientists do will not always vindicate what scientists and philosophers say about science in general. It is also clear that what seems to be emerging is not a truce between two discrete sides. Instead, it involves a much more varied collection of agreements and disagreements that crisscross the two-cultures divide. Many substantive disagreements remain, for example, about the relationship between methodological and philosophical relativism, but the overall tenor of many of the arguments is inquisitive rather than inquisitorial. Despite his support for the overall dialogue, this chapter expresses a couple of reservations about some of the terms of the peace agreement that may be emerging from several discourses.

Keywords:   methodological relativism, philosophical relativism, working philosophies, causality, contemporary science

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