Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Sciences participatives : nouvelles perspectives épistémologiqus sur l'objectivité scientifique
Name of the organization/project in English:
Citizen Science : new epistemological perspectives on scientific objectivity
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he issue of the nature and sources of scientific objectivity largely exceeds the academic sphere. Indeed, objectivity is considered as the very basis of the authority of science in our societies. As numerous political decisions make use of scientific expertise, questions concerning the very nature and limits of scientific objectivity are becoming central to public debate. In parallel, contemporary philosophy of science is currently trying to develop other conceptions of objectivity, which is no longer considered as a ”view-of-nowhere”, but as the result of a dialogue between diverse scientific perspectives. This plurality is thus not seen as a threat. On the contrary, allowing the existence of a variety of standpoints is the condition of a well-founded objectivity. This epistemological position strongly echoes the contemporary calls for a larger implication of citizens in the very process of knowledge production. The issue of ”citizen science” is a striking manifestation of this movement. The question arises of knowing whether such a tendency is susceptible, in certain domains and in certain conditions, of improving the objectivity of the research process ? More precisely, what form the implication of citizens should take in order to optimize the epistemological conditions of scientific objectivity ?
The “PartiSciP” project, which follows the ”Democrasci project” (https://www.democrasci.com/), then aims to interrogate this participatory trend in an epistemological perspective
How are you supporting the idea of citizen science through various channels or activities?:
Our project aims at bringing together philosophers and scientists engaged in Citizen Science programs. We organize workshops, we have a website, and we publish papers.