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Publication . Article . 2018

The interdisciplinary decision problem: Popperian optimism and Kuhnian pessimism in forestry

Johannes Persson; Henrik Thorén; Lennart Olsson;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2018 Journal: Ecology and Society, volume 23 (issn: 1708-3087, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Resilience Alliance, Inc.

Interdisciplinary research in the fields of forestry and sustainability studies often encounters seemingly incompatible ontological assumptions deriving from natural and social sciences. The perceived incompatibilities might emerge from the epistemological and ontological claims of the theories or models directly employed in the interdisciplinary collaboration, or they might be created by other epistemological and ontological assumptions that these interdisciplinary researchers find no reason to question. In this paper we discuss the benefits and risks of two possible approaches, Popperian optimism and Kuhnian pessimism, to interdisciplinary knowledge integration where epistemological and ontological differences between the sciences involved can be expected. Peer reviewed

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Forestry Decision problem Ontology Natural (music) Sociology Knowledge integration Pessimism media_common.quotation_subject media_common Sustainability Optimism Sustainability studies

ACM Computing Classification System: InformationSystems_MISCELLANEOUS


Ecology, forestry, interdisciplinary integration, ontology, philosophy of interdisciplinarity, silviculture, sustainability, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, QH540-549.5, 611 Philosophy, 4112 Forestry, SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE, REDUCTION, HISTORY, Philosophy, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, sustainability, forestry, silviculture, ontology, philosophy of interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinary integration, sustainability issues

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