For this third and last assignment, I am asking you to:
1. Describe how and why the context of discovery influences the kind and quality of knowledge produced according to one of the schools of thought discussed in Chapter 5 or 6. (7 out of the total of 10 points are rewarded for doing this well, so please focus on this.)
2. Analyze how the view you discussed in exercise 1 is related to your impression of the way science (research and/or teaching) is organized in this faculty (Note that whether your impression is correct or not, is irrelevant. The important point is that you remain consistent with the view you have chosen). (Tip: try to first briefly describe what your impression (of the way science is organized at the faculty) is. Then proceed to analyze how the selected view is related to that impression)
3. Draw a conclusion regarding the likely outcome in terms of the kind and quality of knowledge produced under these circumstances.
Your assignment should contain no more than 500 words (excluding things like your name, student number, the name of the course and references). Please specify the amount of words you have used below your text. Exceeding the word limit by 10% or less will not be penalized. If your word count is between 550 and 600, one full point will be subtracted. If you write more than 600 words, the assignment will not be graded.
In case of serious plagiarism, the assignment will not be graded either and you will be referred to the Examinations Board.
Make use of chapters 5 and 6 of the textbook prescribed for this course, Economic Methodology by M. Boumans and J. Davis. The excerpts above serve mainly as illustrations, but may be used as well. This task has to be submitted before 9 am on Friday 26 January 2018. This submission has to be done ‘electronically ’ on blackboard.
Your essay should address the following:
Importance of context of discovery: 3 pts
Explanation why this context matters: 4 pts
Clear description of how the FEB is organized (clarity matters, not correctness): 1pts
Likely implications of this organization: 2pts