In bringing together a global community of philosophers, Global Epistemologies and Philosophies of Science develops novel perspectives on epistemology and philosophy of science by demonstrating how frameworks from academic philosophy (e.g. standpoint theory, social epistemology, feminist philosophy of science) and related fields (e.g. decolonial studies, transdisciplinarity, global history of science) can contribute to critical engagement with global dimensions of knowledge and science.

Global challenges such as climate change, food production, and infectious diseases raise complex questions about scientific knowledge production and its interactions with local knowledge systems and social realities. As academic philosophy provides relatively little reflection on global negotiations of knowledge, many pressing scientific and societal issues remain disconnected from core debates in epistemology and philosophy of science.

This book is an invitation to broaden agendas of academic philosophy by presenting epistemology and philosophy of science as globally engaged fields that address heterogeneous forms of knowledge production and their interactions with local livelihoods, practices, and worldviews. This integrative ambition makes the book equally relevant for philosophers and interdisciplinary scholars who are concerned with methodological and political challenges at the intersection of science and society.

chapter |12 pages


Reimagining epistemology and philosophy of science from a global perspective
ByDavid Ludwig

part I|61 pages

Rethinking philosophical practices

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages

Philosophy or philosophies?

Epistemology or epistemologies?
ByInkeri Koskinen, David Ludwig

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

Linguistic diversity in philosophy

ByChun-Ping Yen

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

Anti-colonial feminisms and their philosophies of science

Latin American issues
BySandra Harding

chapter Chapter 4|10 pages

Philosophy of science in China

Politicized, depoliticized, and repoliticized
ByYuanlin Guo, David Ludwig

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

Experimental philosophy

ByJordan Kiper, Stephen Stich, H. Clark Barrett, Edouard Machery

part II|67 pages

Reconfiguring scientific methods

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Developing transdisciplinary practices

An interplay between disagreement and trust
ByLuana Poliseli, Clarissa Machado Pinto Leite

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Sustainability science as a management science

Beyond the natural–social divide
ByMichiru Nagatsu, Henrik Thorén

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

“Science must fall” and the call for decolonization in South Africa

ByChad Harris

chapter Chapter 9|11 pages

Structural epistemic (in)justice in global contexts

ByInkeri Koskinen, Kristina Rolin

chapter Chapter 10|8 pages

Excess and indigenous worldview

Philosophizing on the problem of method
ByCarl Mika

chapter Chapter 11|8 pages

Radical alterity, representation, and the ontological turn

ByMark Risjord

part III|53 pages

Negotiating science in/with society

chapter Chapter 12|10 pages

The democratization of science

ByFaik Kurtulmuş

chapter Chapter 13|9 pages

Science and values

Multi-strategic research and traditional saberes
ByHugh Lacey

chapter Chapter 14|10 pages

Science and industry funding

ByManuela Fernández Pinto

chapter Chapter 15|9 pages

Innovationism North and South

ByMarcos Barbosa de Oliveira

chapter Chapter 16|13 pages

Post-truth and science

Looking beyond the Global North
ByLuis Reyes-Galindo

part IV|57 pages

Situating the living world

chapter Chapter 17|9 pages

Environmental thinking in African philosophy

A defence of biocentrism using the notion of nma ndu
ByJonathan O. Chimakonam, L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya

chapter Chapter 18|12 pages

Cultural evolution

A case study in global epistemologies of science
ByAzita Chellappoo

chapter Chapter 19|11 pages

What is an appropriate philosophy of human science for 21st-century indigenous psychologies?

ByJames H. Liu, Pita King

chapter Chapter 20|12 pages

On local medical traditions

ByZinhle Mncube

chapter Chapter 21|11 pages

Revisiting the question of race and biology in the South African social sciences

ByPhila Mfundo Msimang

part V|58 pages

Reimagining abstract and physical worlds

chapter Chapter 22|8 pages

Philosophical cartography

ByRasmus Grønfeldt Winther

chapter Chapter 23|9 pages

Modeling the apparent spread of science

Some insights from the history of science in Japan
ByKenji Ito

chapter Chapter 24|12 pages

Buddhist logic from a global perspective

ByKoji Tanaka

chapter Chapter 25|10 pages

Perspectives on the Indian mathematical tradition

BySmita Sirker

chapter Chapter 26|12 pages

Science as craftwork with integrity

ByHarry Collins

chapter |5 pages


ByLuis Reyes-Galindo, Luana Poliseli, Zinhle Mncube, David Ludwig, Inkeri Koskinen