Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Farmers' experiments and scientific methodology
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy. Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Crop Prod Ecol, Uppsala, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0071-3919
2019 (English)In: European Journal for Philosophy of Science, ISSN 1879-4912, E-ISSN 1879-4920, Vol. 9, no 3, article id UNSP 32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Farmers all over the world perform experiments, and have done so since long before modern experimental science and its recognized forerunners. There is a rich anthropological literature on these experiments, but the philosophical issues that they give rise to have not received much attention. Based on the anthropological literature, this study investigates methodological and philosophical issues pertaining to farmers' experiments, including the choice of interventions (work methods etc.) to be tested, the planning of experiments, and the use of control fields and other means to deal with confounding factors. Farmers' experiments have some advantages over the field trials of agricultural scientists (more replications, studies performed under the relevant local conditions), but also some comparative disadvantages (less stringent controls, less precise evaluations). The two experimental traditions are complementary, and neither of them can replace the other. Several aspects of farmers' experiments are shown to have a direct bearing on central topics in the philosophy of science.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SPRINGER , 2019. Vol. 9, no 3, article id UNSP 32
Keywords [en]
Farmer's experiment, Agriculture, Field trial, Experimental control, Confounding factor, Hypothesis formation, Indigenous knowledge
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-252581DOI: 10.1007/s13194-019-0255-7ISI: 000468098000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065980808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-252581DiVA, id: diva2:1322854
Note

QC 20190611

Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records BETA

Hansson, Sven Ove

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Hansson, Sven Ove
By organisation
Philosophy
In the same journal
European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 2 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf