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The interdisciplinary decision problem : Popperian optimism and Kuhnian pessimism in forestry

Author:
  • Johannes Persson
  • Henrik Thorén
  • Lennart Olsson
Publishing year: 2018-09-13
Language: English
Pages:
Publication/Series: Ecology and Society
Volume: 23
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: The Resilience Alliance

Abstract english

Interdisciplinary research in the fields of forestry and sustainability studies often encounters seemingly incompatible ontological assumptions deriving from natural and social sciences. The perceived incompatibilities might emerge from the epistemological and ontological claims of the theories or models directly employed in the interdisciplinary collaboration; or they might be created by other epistemological and ontological assumptions that these interdisciplinary researchers find no reason to question. In this paper we discuss the benefits and risks of two possible approaches - Popperian optimism and Kuhnian pessimism - to interdisciplinary knowledge integration where epistemological and ontological differences between the sciences involved can be expected.
Interdisciplinary research in the fields of forestry and sustainability studies often encounters seemingly incompatible ontological assumptions deriving from natural and social sciences. The perceived incompatibilities might emerge from the epistemological and ontological claims of the theories or models directly employed in the interdisciplinary collaboration, or they might be created by other epistemological and ontological assumptions that these interdisciplinary researchers find no reason to question. In this paper we discuss the benefits and risks of two possible approaches, Popperian optimism and Kuhnian pessimism, to interdisciplinary knowledge integration where epistemological and ontological differences between the sciences involved can be expected.

Keywords

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • sustainability
  • forestry
  • silviculture
  • ontology
  • philosophy of interdisciplinarity
  • interdisciplinary integration
  • forestry
  • interdisciplinary integration
  • ontology
  • philosophy of interdisciplinarity
  • silviculture
  • sustainability issues

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Published
  • LUCID - Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Science and Proven Experience
  • VBE
  • ISSN: 1708-3087
Henrik Thorén
E-mail: henrik [dot] thoren [at] fil [dot] lu [dot] se

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LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

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Theoretical Philosophy

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