Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit

Wilholt T (2006)
Philosophy of Science 73(1): 66-89.

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A common complaint against the increasing privatization of research is that research that is conducted with the immediate purpose of producing applicable knowledge will not yield knowledge as valuable as that generated in more curiosity-driven, academic settings. In this paper, I make this concern precise and reconstruct the rationale behind it. Subsequently, I examine the case of industry research on the giant magnetoresistance effect in the 1990s as a characteristic example of research undertaken under considerable pressure to produce applicable results. The example permits one to arrive at a more optimistic assessment of the epistemic merits of private, application-driven research. I attempt to specify the conditions that, in this case, advanced the production of interesting and reliable knowledge.
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Wilholt T. Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit. Philosophy of Science. 2006;73(1):66-89.
Wilholt, T. (2006). Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit. Philosophy of Science, 73(1), 66-89. doi:10.1086/510175
Wilholt, T. (2006). Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit. Philosophy of Science 73, 66-89.
Wilholt, T., 2006. Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit. Philosophy of Science, 73(1), p 66-89.
T. Wilholt, “Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit”, Philosophy of Science, vol. 73, 2006, pp. 66-89.
Wilholt, T.: Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit. Philosophy of Science. 73, 66-89 (2006).
Wilholt, Torsten. “Design Rules: Industrial Research and Epistemic Merit”. Philosophy of Science 73.1 (2006): 66-89.
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