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The non-trivial problem of cross-disciplinary science and the structure of scientific perspectives

Alrøe, Hugo Fjelsted (2011) The non-trivial problem of cross-disciplinary science and the structure of scientific perspectives. Speech at: Seminars at CSAFE, Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment, University of Otago, New Zealand, 20. Oct. 2011. [Completed]

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There has been a long interest in the relation between science and other ways of knowing, and in paradigm shifts in the history of single disciplines. This presentation will discuss the role of different perspectives and ‘ways of knowing’ within science, across different disciplines and schools of thought. It will focus on the problematic aspects of crossdisciplinary research that are non-trivial, in that they are not about power or conflicts of interests, but about deeper differences in our means of observing and learning – about the structure of scientific perspectives. The scientific production of knowledge grows by way of functional differentiation and specialization, and this gives rise to knowledge asymmetries that are deeply problematic when we need science to help solve complex, real-world problems. The paradox of scientific expertise is that the growth of science leads to fragmentation of scientific expertise. Science cannot be re-integrated, but there is a growing need for integration. The presentation gives some suggestions for how to break out of this paradox based on a perspectivist framework, and illustrated with examples from the field of agriculture, food and environment.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Speech
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 1 > MultiTrust
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Related Links:http://www.csafe.org.nz/2011_seminars, http://hugo.alroe.dk, http://prezi.com/vyuzcn0luz6_/the-non-trivial-problem-of-cross-disciplinary-research-and-the-structure-of-scientific-perspectives/?auth_key=fb2fb2ffd84da67cc397757ea7464e090b5e5edb
Deposited By: Alrøe, PhD Hugo Fjelsted
ID Code:19970
Deposited On:16 Dec 2011 11:18
Last Modified:20 Dec 2011 10:49
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:PDF printed from Prezi presentation, online version available.

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