The growing body of research on interdisciplinarity has encouraged a more in depth analysis of the relations that hold among academic disciplines. In particular, the incursion of one scientific discipline into another discipline’s traditional domain, also known as scientific imperialism, has been a matter of increasing debate.

Following this trend, Scientific Imperialism aims to bring together philosophers of science and historians of science interested in the topic of scientific imperialism and, in particular, interested in the conceptual clarification, empirical identification, and normative assessment of the idea of scientific imperialism. Thus, this innovative volume has two main goals. Indeed, the authors first seek to understand interdisciplinary relations emerging from the incursion of one scientific discipline into one or more other disciplines, such as in cases in which the conventions and procedures of one discipline or field are imposed on other fields; or more weakly when a scientific discipline seeks to explain phenomena that are traditionally considered proper of another discipline’s domain. Secondly, the authors explore ways of distinguishing imperialistic from non-imperialistic interactions between disciplines and research fields.

The first sustained study of scientific imperialism, this volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of Science & Technology, Philosophy of Science, and History of Science.

chapter |10 pages


Core issues in scientific imperialism
ByUskali Mäki, Adrian Walsh, Manuela Fernández Pinto

part I|75 pages

A philosophical framing for scientific imperialism

chapter 1|19 pages

Scientific imperialism, folk morality and the proper boundaries of disciplines

ByAdrian Walsh, Sandy Boucher

chapter 2|20 pages

Disciplinary emotions in imperialistic interdisciplinarity

ByMikko Salmela, Uskali Mäki

chapter 3|18 pages

Scientific imperialism and epistemic injustice

ByKristina Rolin

chapter 4|17 pages

Ethical implications of scientific imperialism

Two examples from economics
ByPatricia Marino

part II|99 pages

Historical origins of scientific imperialism debate

chapter 5|30 pages

Scientific imperialism or merely boundary crossing?

Economists, lawyers, and the Coase theorem at the dawn of the economic analysis of law
BySteven G. Medema

chapter 6|23 pages

Rational choice as neo-decisionism

Decision-making in political science and economics after 1945
ByNicolas Guilhot, Alain Marciano

chapter 7|21 pages

Economics imperialism reconsidered

ByS.M. Amadae

chapter 8|24 pages

Crossing boundaries, displacing previous knowledge and claiming superiority

Is the economics of discrimination a conquest of economics imperialism?
ByCléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche

part III|130 pages

A selection of case studies on scientific imperialism

chapter 9|19 pages

Scientific subordination, molecular biology, and systems biology

ByMiles MacLeod

chapter 10|19 pages

Against neuroscience imperialism

ByRoberto Fumagalli

chapter 12|17 pages

Logical form, the first person, and naturalism about psychology

The case against physicalist imperialism
ByFrederique Janssen-Lauret

chapter 13|20 pages

Is the behavioral approach a form of scientific imperialism?

An analysis of law and policy
ByMagdalena Małecka, Robert Lepenies

chapter 14|17 pages

Imperializing epistemology

Shortcomings of the naturalistic turn
ByManuela Fernández Pinto

chapter 15|24 pages

Imperialism and its discontents

Competing cultures of evidence in the discovery of dark energy
ByGenco Guralp