Scientific innovation : A conceptual explication and a dilemma

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I offer an analysis of the concept of scientific innovation. When research is innovated, highly novel and useful elements of investigation begin to spread through a scientific community, resulting from a process which is neither due to blind chance nor to necessity, but to a minimal use of rationality. This, however, leads to tension between two claims: (1) scientific innovation can be explained rationally; (2) no existing account of rationality explains scientific innovation. There are good reasons to maintain (1) and (2), but it is difficult for both claims to be accepted simultaneously by a rational subject. In particular, I argue that neither standard nor bounded theories of rationality can deliver a satisfactory explanation of scientific innovations.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)321-341
Number of pages21
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Scientific innovation
  • Rationality
  • Heuristics
  • Models of scientific change
  • Science policy
  • Innovación científica
  • Racionalidad
  • Heurística
  • Modelos de cambio científico
  • Política científica

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