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The Scenes of InquiryOn the Reality of Questions in the Sciences$
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Nicholas Jardine

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.001.0001

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The Origins of Methods

The Origins of Methods

(p.94) 5 The Origins of Methods
The Scenes of Inquiry

Nicholas Jardine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines methodological innovation by investigating large claims about the role of common sense as matrix for the methods of sciences. It discusses transference of methods between disciplines and some ways in which some disciplines may serve others as models or arbiters of method. It summarizes the social, institutional, and technological factors that may stimulate methodological innovation: changes in the social roles of practitioners of the sciences; the routines, practices, and instrumentation of technicians; teaching curricula; the organization, architecture, and resources of scientific institutions; and technologies of representation and communication.

Keywords:   common sense, methodological innovation, arbiters of method, scientific institutions, technicians, representation, communication

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