Some remarks on the division of cognitive labor


  • Marco Viola IUSS (Pavia), Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milano)



social epistemology, economic epistemology, divison of cognitive labor


Since the publication of Kitcher’s influential paper The Division of Cognitive Labor, some philosophers wondered about these two related issues: (1) which is the optimal distribution of cognitive efforts among rival methods within a scientific community?, and (2) whether and how can a community achieve such an optimal distribution? Though not committing to any specific answer to question (1), I claim that issue (2) does not depend exclusively on an invisible hand like mechanism, since both intra-scientific and extra-scientific institutions may play a major role. Finally, I examine some practical difficulties of reallocating scientists from a method to another, which leads to stress the importance of well-planned training and recruitment.

Author Biography

Marco Viola, IUSS (Pavia), Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milano)

PhD Student in Cognitive Neuroscience & Philosophy of Mind

@IUSS, Pavia ft. Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano


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