The Many Faces of Reproducibility is a three-year project supported by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota involving an interdisciplinary exploration of these different facets of reproducibility across the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. It aims to advance scholarship on reproducibility, develop innovative approaches for training researchers, and engage the public regarding the trustworthiness of scientific claims.
When you find yourself wondering, for instance, how best to respond to a friend’s need for guidance, you might refer to Valerie Tiberius’s recent book, Well-Being as Value Fulfillment: How We Can Help Each Other to Live Well, which presents her value-fulfillment theory.
The contest’s runner-up the essay is “History and Philosophy of Science after the Practice-Turn: From Inherent Tension to Local Integration” by Max W. Dresow of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota.
Scientific fields such as chemistry, psychology, anthropology, and biology are deeply interwoven in countless complex ways. Philosophy professor Bennett McNulty looks at these disciplines through the lens of Immanuel Kant’s writings to better understand how these “inexact sciences” relate to each other and to our investigation of the empirical world.
Scientific research is commonly thought to be all about the numbers: concrete evidence, data, and carefully drawn conclusions. However, Max Dresow’s background in both biological science and philosophy allows him to see the benefit of philosophy’s wider lens when dealing with scientific practices.
“It’s like playing tennis without a net. You always win,” says statistics professor Charles Geyer about conducting unethical research. Discover how Geyer and other professors at the University of Minnesota mobilize the open science movement to inspire appropriate research practices.
A new philosophy class starting this spring will examine conceptual issues in medicine, delving deeper into how medical professionals know what they know. Alan Love, professor of philosophy who will be teaching the class, says the class will cover "a dimension of medicine … that is very relevant for all members of society."