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    Reflexivity and fragility

    Northcott, Robert (2022) Reflexivity and fragility. European Journal for Philosophy of Science , ISSN 1879-4912. (In Press)

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    Reflexivity is, roughly, when studying or theorising about a target itself influences that target. Fragility is, roughly, when causal or other relations are hard to predict, holding only intermittently or fleetingly. Which is more important, methodologically? By going systematically through cases that do and do not feature each of them, I conclude that it is fragility that matters, not reflexivity. In this light, I interpret and extend the claims made about reflexivity in a recent paper by Jessica Laimann (2020). I finish by assessing the benefits and costs of focusing on reflexivity.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): reflexivity, fragility, master model, contextual, prediction, Laimann
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Robert Northcott
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 12:39
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 15:00


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