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Dunja Šešelja
Eindhoven University of Technology
Christian Straßer
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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Formal models of scientific inquiry, aimed at capturing socio-epistemic aspects underlying the process of scientific research, have become an important method in formal social epistemology and philosophy of science. In this introduction to the special issue we provide a historical overview of the development of formal models of this kind and analyze their methodological contributions to discussions in philosophy of science. In particular, we show that their significance consists in different forms of ‘methodological iteration’ whereby the models initiate new lines of inquiry, isolate and clarify problems with existing knowledge claims, and stimulate further research.
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