ZiF Workshop

Incentives, costs and epistemic quality

Date: 16 - 18 November 2017
Convenors: Martin Carrier (Bielefeld, GER), Rolf König (Bielefeld, GER)

The conference explored the interaction between economic incentives, institutional features, and epistemic aspirations of science. It brought together economics, sociology, and philosophy of science and sought to investigate, in particular, the interrelatedness between the social conditions under which science operates and the nature and content of the knowledge produced. Two major topical areas were addressed. First, the incentive structure in the scientific community and its impact on the research process. Second the influence of social and economic demands, as imposed on research, on the research outcome. The innovative character of the conference consisted in tracing this interrelation between the social framework, for one, and the cognitive content of the knowledge gained and the procedures of confirmation invoked, for another.


Max Albert (Gießen, GER), Sabrina Backs (Bielefeld, GER), Guido Bünstorf (Kassel, GER), Reinhold Decker (Bielefeld, GER), Minea Gartzlaff (Bielefeld, GER), Jochen Gläser (Berlin, GER), David Hopf (Hannover, GER), Christoph Hubig (Darmstadt, GER), Georg Krücken (Kassel, GER), Christoph Lütge (München, GER), Cornelis Menke (Bielefeld, GER), Talha Minhas (Bielefeld, GER), Margit Osterloh (Zürich, SUI), Hans Radder (Amsterdam, NED), Sebastian Reiche (Bielefeld, GER), Roel Visser (Bielefeld, GER), Berthold U. Wigger (Karlsruhe, GER), Valérie Christin Wittek (Bielefeld, GER)

Conference Programme

Please direct questions concerning the organisation of the workshop to Marina Hoffmann at the Conference Office. Questions regarding scientific content and contributions should be directed to the organizers.

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