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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2008, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 424-437     https://doi.org/10.1007/s11466-008-0027-5
Is scientific research driven by opportunity, problems, or observations?
WU Tong
Center of Science, Technology and Society, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Abstract With the recent rise of the philosophy of scientific practices, SSK (Sociology of Scientific Knowledge), and feminist approaches to the philosophy of science, a new perspective is gradually coming into being, holding that the starting point for scientific research is opportunity. Opportunistic features in solar neutrino experiments, Opportunistic features of complexity studies emerging from economics, and the measurement of insects’ flight can prove the above perspective from different angels. It is important and significant to determine whether the starting point for scientific research is opportunity, a problem, or an observation.
Issue Date: 05 September 2008
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WU Tong. Is scientific research driven by opportunity, problems, or observations?[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2008, 3(3): 424-437.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2008/V3/I3/424
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