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Bringing tacit knowledge back to contributory and interactional expertise: A reply to Goddiksen

Reyes Galindo, Luis and Duarte, Tiago Ribeiro 2015. Bringing tacit knowledge back to contributory and interactional expertise: A reply to Goddiksen. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 49 , pp. 99-102. 10.1016/j.shpsa.2014.10.005

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We analyse a recent paper by Goddiksen (2014) where the author raises questions about the relationship between authorship, attribution and Collins & Evans’ concept of contributory and interactional expertise. We then highlight recent empirical work in the sociology of climate change science that has made similar points in order to clarify how authorship, division of labour and contribution are handled in real scientific settings. Despite this, Goddiksen’s critique of both contributory and interactional expertise is ultimately ineffective because it rests on a misguided attempt to de-socialise these concepts. We conclude by stressing the importance of collective tacit knowledge acquisition through immersion as a critical step in becoming a full-blown contributory or interactional expert.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0039-3681
Funders: British Academy
Date of Acceptance: 12 November 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:45

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