What we (should) talk about when we talk about fruitfulness

Silvia Ivani

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    Abstract

    What are the relevant values to the appraisal of research programs? This question remains hotly debated, as philosophers have recently proposed many lists of values potentially relevant to scientific appraisal. Surprisingly, despite being mentioned in many lists, little attention has been paid to fruitfulness. It is unclear how fruitfulness should be explicated, and whether it has any substantial role in scientific appraisal. In this paper, I argue we should explicate fruitfulness as the capacity to develop of research programs. Moreover, I provide a novel strategy to assess and compare the fruitfulness of programs focused on their research questions and heuristics. To illustrate how this strategy would work, I will discuss a case study, namely the adaptationist program in evolutionary psychology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4
    Pages (from-to)4
    Number of pages18
    JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

    Keywords

    • ADAPTATIONISM
    • Adaptationism
    • Cognitive values
    • EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
    • Evolutionary psychology
    • Fruitfulness
    • LOGIC
    • Methodological
    • QUESTIONS
    • SCIENCE
    • SEXUAL STRATEGIES THEORY

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