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What is collaborative, interdisciplinary reasoning? The heart of interdisciplinary team science

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Laursen B. What is collaborative, interdisciplinary reasoning? The heart of interdisciplinary team science. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks for understanding team science. Online at:

Collaborative, interdisciplinary research has grown dramatically in recent decades—both in prevalence as well as promise. This growth has occurred in spite of the fact that this form of research poses its own special challenges. These challenges have sparked meta-research on collaborative, interdisciplinary processes, a literature to which this paper contributes. Underrated in this meta-research is a clear understanding of perhaps the most basic task of these research teams: collaborative, interdisciplinary reasoning (CIR). This paper presents an analysis of CIR centered on the co-application, co-creation, and corepair of intersubjective values and standards among teammates. This view of CIR takes its departure from a Habermasian understanding of rational discourse (1) and further refines it with work by Wright (2, 3) and Campolo (4, 5) on the necessary conditions of “reasoning together.” Wright and Campolo emphasize that collaborative reasoning is pursued for the sake of continuing a discourse that was interrupted, perhaps by new evidence, circumstances, interlocutors, or misunderstandings. In CIR, these interruptions manifest as “research questions” that instigate a collaborative research project. Together with Habermas, Wright and Campolo point out that resuming a discourse rationally requires that interlocutors share values so that they can mutually evaluate reasons given by their conversation partners. In interdisciplinary team settings, these values are packaged in the methods, standards, frameworks, and concepts of the various participating disciplines. Intersubjective integration of these values is typically required for interdisciplinary reasoning to succeed.



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scits 2017 conference, presentation

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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