Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 31, number 92, agosto 1999
Epistemología social y consenso en la ciencia
[Social Epistemology and Consensus in Science]
Fernando Broncano Rodríguez
Universidad de Salamanca

Abstract: Knowledge becomes social when the cooperation of a community organizing the work in a distributed way is necessary in order to produce it. In this social case the epistemology acquires some special characteristics because the epistemic quality must be guaranteed in the framework of a social division of cognitive labor. The problem is that scientific communities suffer of the same free-rider problems as other cases of collective action. In this context the paper proposes a consensus model based in the idea of a self-maintained social contract.

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