A Guide to Field Philosophy: Case Studies and Practical Strategies

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Collaboration and CommunicationDigging, Sowing, Building: Philosophy as ActivityThe Motivation for Field PhilosophyA Philosophical PracticeThe Character of Field PhilosophyCollaborationPhilosophical ContributionsSupporting Field PhilosophyField Philosophy: A Challenge and an OpportunityReferencesEmbedding Ethics in Neural Engineering: An Integrated Transdisciplinary CollaborationGetting StartedFinding Our WayWhere We Are Now: Challenges, New Skills, and Models of EngagementLessons LearnedFlexibilityPersistenceCreativityReflexivityVigilanceOpenness to Learning/HumilityConclusionAcknowledgmentsNoteReferencesLab Report: Lessons from a Multi-Year Collaboration between Nanoscience and Philosophy of ScienceOriginating the CollaborationAdvice for Initiating CollaborationsCollaboration as a StudentResidency in Jill’s LabVarieties of CollaborationLife as Colleagues: The Collaboration after ResidencyAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencePhilosophical Dialogue as Field PhilosophyThe Toolbox Dialogue InitiativeWhat Does TDI Do?How is the Toolbox Approach Philosophical?Why Consider the Toolbox Approach Field Philosophy?Expanding Toolbox Applications from Research into Other ModalitiesGoing Further Afield with the Toolbox ApproachEnhancing Process as the Common ThreadOrganizational Applications: A Case Study in Strategic PlanningUsing the Toolbox Approach to Develop an Organizational Mission and VisionMission and VisionConclusionThe Toolbox Prompts Used in the C4I Strategic Planning WorkshopsAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesEthics Lab: Harnessing Design Methodologies for Translational EthicsIntroductionEthics LabFrom Applied to Translational PhilosophyThe Concept and Field of DesignAdapting Design as a Methodology for Translational EthicsNoteReferencesII. Policymaking and the Public SphereLearning to Collaborate in Development PolicyEarly Exposure to Development ChallengesLarge-Scale Collaborative WorkInstitutional ChallengesClosing the CircleNotesPhilosophy in the IPCCThe IPCCThe LaborMethodContentCooperation with EconomicsThe ChapterThe Summary for PolicymakersApprovalOpeningContact GroupSuccessEthics in the SPMThe Synthesis ReportConclusion: Lessons for PhilosophersAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesPhilosophy and Science Policy: A Report from the FieldThe Science of Science Policy Meets the Philosophy of Science PolicyThe Comparative Assessment of Peer Review as Field PhilosophyEvaluating CAPR’s Broader ImpactsInstitutionalizing Field PhilosophyNotesReferencesPhilosophical Boundary Work for Wildlife Conservation: The Case of the OostvaardersplassenIntroductionHistorical Background of the Oostvaardersplassen Nature ReserveThe OVP ControversyPhilosophical Research into the Moral Problems of Large GrazersDivision in Environmental EthicsThe Pragmatist TurnSuccessful Introduction of the Ethical FrameworkRecurring Public and Political CommotionThe End of the OVP (as We Know It)?The Changing Context of the OVP ControversyConcluding RemarksNotesReferencesValues-Informed Decision Support: The Place of PhilosophyEmbedding Philosophers in the Practices of ScienceHow Embedded Philosophy Differs from Public PhilosophyPracticing What We PreachHow to Start?Who to Work with?How to Work?Finding BalancePaying Attention to DifferenceConclusionAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesIII. Fieldwork in the AcademyUniversity Leadership as Philosophical FieldworkIntroductionMy Work in PhilosophyFormation of a Collective Sense of Mission and PurposeCultivating an Inclusive EnvironmentBuilding Community PartnershipsConclusionReferencesWe Are Always Already Engaged: Epistemological Fieldwork in the Real World of the UniversityRoute to Engaged FieldworkGRASS Routes and RCRWays of KnowingNibi-Manoomin Bridging WorldviewsConclusionAppendixNotesReferencesPromoting Ethics in STEM and SocietyIntroductionCareer PreludeAt the National Science FoundationAfterlifeSummary and ConclusionsNotesReferencesA Philosopher’s Field Guide to Talking with EngineersIntroductionMy Work with EngineersRoboticsWeapons research and developmentAutomotive Engineering, Al, and Self-Driving VehiclesPrinciples: How to Work with EngineersDo Not CondescendIt's a Two-Way StreetDo Not Model Ethics as a Detachable Form of Philosophical ExpertiseBe Prepared to Learn Something New about Ethics from the EngineersUnderstand that Engineers are Cultural OptimistsAppreciate the Moral Impulse Inherent in the Work of All EngineersRemember that Ethics Is Not Just a Matter of Saying "No"Let the Problems Be One's GuideAcknowledgmentsNoteReferencesEcotourism with a Hand-Lens: A Field Environmental Philosophy Experience from the South of the WorldThe Biocultural Ethic Conceptual FrameworkThe Field Environmental Philosophy Methodological ApproachEcotourism with a Hand-Lens (EHL): A Field Environmental Philosophy ExperienceA Biocultural ProblemA Biocultural SolutionOutcomes and Lessons LearnedPrinciple 1: Interdisciplinary and Inter-Institutional IntegrationPrinciple 2: Overcoming the Linear Sequence from Research to PolicyPrinciple 3: A Multiple-Scale ApproachFuture Opportunities to Integrate FEP and Earth StewardshipConclusionNotesReferencesIV. Fieldwork in the ProfessionsBALANCING THEORETICAL AUTONOMY AND PRACTICAL ENGAGEMENTIntroductionThe Practitioner: The Datashare ExpetienceLean, Moving TargetStakeholder Inclusion: Handing Over the Reins, or Ethical Marketing Research?Lessons LearnedThe Theorist: The ‘Democratic Digitalization’ ExperiencePractice What You PreachStakeholder EngagementExternal ConstraintsLessons LearnedConclusionNotesReferencesThe Cutting Edge: A Surgical Case Study in Field PhilosophyIntroductionBackgroundThe ProjectOur Research PartnersWhy is This Field Philosophy?Key ChallengesSkillsExpectationsNorms and Ways of OperatingLessons LearnedConclusionNotesReferencesAdvocating for Human Trafficking VictimsIntroductionHow I Came to Work on Human TraffickingHuman Trafficking as a Social IssueOutreach as a Form of FieldworkOklahoma Attorney General’s Task Force on Human TraffickingPhilosophy and Advocacy: The Obligation to Become Socially EngagedConcluding RemarksNotesReferencesField Philosophy in an Actual FieldCreating Agriculture and Food Ethics: 1980–2010Animal Welfare and Animal RightsThe Risks of Agricultural BiotechnologySustainabilityDicta on Field Philosophy from a VeteranReferencesV. Changing Philosophical PracticeGrassroots Philosophy and Going against the GrainGrassroots Philosophy: A Case StudyGrassroots PhilosophyFrom Conforming to TransformingDeviation as MethodAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesPhilosophy and Addiction: Understanding and Transforming SufferingIntroductionSurvey the FieldExpect Skepticism and Be Prepared to Address ItIdentify a Real Need and Look for What’s MissingBeware of Turf WarsRepurpose ProjectsEducate YourselfHost a Conference/Workshop/Community Education ProgramSpeak to and Write for Different PublicsConclusion: Keep It RealReferencesFormal Epistemology in a Tropical SavannaIntroductionBackgroundZum WissenschaftskollegDecision Support and Algorithmic Area PrioritizationValues and Multiple CriteriaWith Conservation International at MeraukeProducing a PortfolioDenouementLessons and Final RemarksAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesLearning from a Fracking FracasThe Fracking Case StudyStrategic ExaminationThe Conditions for the Possibility of Field PhilosophyThe Philosophical Contributions of the Field PhilosopherThe Ethics of Field PhilosophyChoosing the FieldField Philosophy and MethodologyAssessmentNoteReferencesThe Future of Field Philosophy: Lessons Learned and Next Steps
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