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dc.contributor.authorPlaisance, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor.authorMichaud, Jay
dc.contributor.authorMcLevey, John 13:31:43 (GMT) 13:31:43 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Synthese. The final authenticated version is available online at:
dc.description.abstractPhilosophy of science has the potential to improve scientific practice, science policy, and science education; moreover, recent research indicates that many philosophers of science think we ought to increase the broader impacts of our work. Yet, there is little to no empirical data on how we are supposed to have an impact. To address this problem, our research team interviewed 35 philosophers of science regarding the impact of their work in science-related domains. We found that face-to-face engagement with scientists and other stakeholders was one of the most – if not the most – effective pathways to impact. Yet, working with non-philosophers and disseminating research outside philosophical venues is not what philosophers are typically trained or incentivized to do. Thus, there is a troublesome tension between the activities that are likely to lead to broader uptake of one’s work and those that are traditionally encouraged and rewarded in philosophy (and which are therefore the most consequential for careers in philosophy). We suggest several ways that philosophers of science, either as individuals or as a community, can navigate these tensions.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by an Insight Development Grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada (Grant No. 430-2016-01137).en
dc.subjectengaged philosophy of scienceen
dc.subjectproductive interactionsen
dc.subjectqualitative researchen
dc.titlePathways of Influence: Understanding the Impacts of Philosophy of Science in Scientific Domainsen
dcterms.bibliographicCitationPlaisance, K.S., Michaud, J. & McLevey, J. Pathways of influence: understanding the impact of philosophy of science in scientific domains. Synthese 199, 4865–4896 (2021).
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Environmenten
uws.contributor.affiliation2Knowledge Integrationen

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