Cross-disciplinary Science and the Structure of Scientific Perspectives

  • Hugo Fjelsted Alrøe Aarhus University
  • Egon Noe Aarhus University
Keywords: interdisciplinary science, communication, disagreement, scientific perspectives, perspectivism


Cross-disciplinary use of science is needed to solve complex, real-world problems, but carrying out scientific research with multiple very different disciplines is in itself a non-trivial problem. Perspectives matter. In this paper we carry out a philosophical analysis of the perspectival nature of science, focusing on the synchronic structure of scientific perspectives across disciplines and not on the diachronic, historical structure of shifting perspectives within single disciplines that has been widely discussed since Kuhn and Feyerabend. We show what kinds of cross-disciplinary disagreement to expect due to the perspectival structure of science, suggest how to handle different scientific perspectives in cross-disciplinary work through perspectives of a second order, and discuss some fundamental epistemic differences between different types of science.

Author Biographies

Hugo Fjelsted Alrøe, Aarhus University
Associate Professor, Department of Agroecology
Egon Noe, Aarhus University
Associate Professor, Department of Agroecology


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How to Cite
Alrøe, H., & Noe, E. (2014). Cross-disciplinary Science and the Structure of Scientific Perspectives. Journal of Organizational Knowledge Communication, 1(1), 7-30.