Epistemic Progress in the University​

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    September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2023

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    Big Questions

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Director: René van Woudenberg

Institution: VU University Amsterdam

Epistemic responsibilities are those responsibilities pertaining to the attainment of knowledge, understanding, insight, rationality, and explanation.

Epistemic progress in the university is threatened by replication crises, scientific misconduct, and widespread doubt in the humanities’ ability to yield such progress. To respond to these threats, this project will develop and implement institutional arrangements and procedures that create the research practices needed to realize epistemic progress. At the same time, it will investigate how the humanities can realize epistemic progress. In addition to several papers and books, this project will produce standard operational procedures for research integrity, as well as a validated tool for measuring whether a university is meeting its epistemic responsibilities.

This is a follow-on project to “The Epistemic Responsibilities of the University,” a project sponsored by Templeton World Charity Foundation.


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