miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2007

NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

The 2007 Nobel prize in economics has acknoweledged the development of 'mechanism design theory'. This was a radically new way of conceiving social realities: as systems of rules that govern a small section of society, and that often can be manipulated in search of a better result. I have intended to apply that approach to understand how science works in its epistemic aspects (see, e.g., my papers on scientific inference, scientific rhetoric -both published in Philosophy of Science- and on a game theoretic approach to science studies -in Perspectives on Science-; a less technical introduction appeared in Episteme).
If you are a young philosopher or sociologist of science looking for a promising and radically new research field, combining the insights of social constructionist, and of rationalist approaches, why don't try to build a mechanism design view of science?