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The Structure of Interdisciplinary Science


Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 1-30
  3. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 31-57
  4. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 59-95
  5. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 97-110
  6. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 111-142
  7. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 143-196
  8. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 197-227
  9. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 229-282
  10. Rolf Hvidtfeldt
    Pages 283-288
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 289-295

About this book


This book presents a novel approach to the analysis of interdisciplinary science based on the contemporary philosophical literature on scientific representation. The basic motivation for developing this approach is that epistemic issues are insufficiently dealt with in the existing literature on interdisciplinarity. This means that when interdisciplinary science is praised (as it often is), it is far from clear to what extent this praise is merited – at least if one cares about various more or less standardised measures of scientific quality. To develop a more adequate way of capturing what is going on in interdisciplinary science, I draw inspiration from the rich philosophical literature on modelling, idealisation, perspectivism, and scientific pluralism. The discussion hereof reveals a number of critical pitfalls related to transferring mathematical and conceptual tools between scientific contexts, which should be relevant and interesting for anyone actively engaged in funding, evaluating, or carrying out interdisciplinary science.


Philosophy Science Interdisciplinarity Methodology Representation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

About the authors

Rolf Hvidtfeldt is a postdoctoral fellow at the Humanomics Research Centre, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research is mainly focused on the philosophies of science evaluation, scientific communication, and conflicts of perspective.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Structure of Interdisciplinary Science
  • Authors Rolf Hvidtfeldt
  • Series Title New Directions in the Philosophy of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Directions in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90871-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08119-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90872-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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