Aside: Epistemological Pluralism

Recently, someone in The Humanist referenced the notion of epistemological pluralism: “Epistemological pluralism is a term used in philosophy, economics, and virtually any field of study to refer to different ways of knowing things, different epistemological methodologies for attaining a full description of a particular field.” (Wikipedia)

As I repeatedly tell people who want to dismiss quantitative or mathematical approaches to humanistic subjects/objects of study: it’s not that I am leaving traditional methods/approaches behind, it’s that I am acquiring additional methods/approaches. Biologists can both love a particular fern as well as study all ferns, all plants and understand a fern as representative of that larger class of objects/phenomena. I want the same thing for the things I study.

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