On the Social Nature of Objectivity: Helen Longino and Justin Biddle

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 0495-4548, Vol: 30, Issue: 3, Page: 449-463

Publication Year:
2015
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12162
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.13208
Author(s):
Eigi, Jaana
Publisher(s):
UPV/EHU Press; Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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Arts and Humanities
article description
According to Helen Longino, objectivity is necessarily social as it depends on critical interactions in community. Justin Biddle argues that Longino's account presupposes individuals that are completely open to any criticism; as such individuals are in principle able to criticise their beliefs on their own, Longino's account is not really social. In the first part of my paper I argue that even for completely open individuals, criticism for maintaining objectivity is only possible in community. In the second part I question Biddle's interpretation of Longino's conception of the individual. I conclude that objectivity as Longino describes it is necessarily social.