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[2020/06/17] Associate Professor Hricko of School of Humanities and Social Science has been Awarded the “MOST Top 10 Scientific Journal Articles of Disruptive Innovation”

Associate Professor Jonathon Hricko of School of Humanities and Social Science

 

Associate Professor Hricko of National Yang-Ming University School of Humanities and Social Science and Chair Professor Chen of National Chung Cheng University Department of Philosophy co-authored the paper “Experimental Individuation and Philosophical Retail Arguments”. This research paper is a major breakthrough in the field of philosophy and has been awarded the Ministry of Science and Technology “Top 10 Scientific Journal Articles of Disruptive Innovation”.

 

“MOST Top 10 Scientific Journal Articles of Disruptive Innovation” is a new award to encourage academics to engage in innovative and pioneering research. The selection is not based on the number of citations that the paper receives, but rather on how innovative the concept behind the research is. The award hopes to create new values in scientific research in relation by altering the perspectives of leading scientists with the hope that these are integrated into research. From October 2019 until now, researchers of different fields have submitted their last 3 years research for review and in total 107 papers have been reviewed. Out of all the submitted papers, only 11 papers were recommended as innovative research papers.

 

The Ministry of Science and Technology remarked, “This selection mainly examines innovative thinking and the breakthrough impact of each paper by asking the questions “does the research break out of its own field, create revolutionary new concepts, and has there been similar research previously; these determine whether the research goes beyond our original knowledge in the field. Associated Professor Hricko and Professor Chen’s selected paper offers a new philosophical breakthrough and provides a new analysis to “reality”. The paper introduces “experimental individualization” as the “reality” criterion; that is, the best evidence for the existence of a certain hypothetical item is to use experiments to discover or produce at least “one individual” or “one sample” of the item.

 

Regarding what “reality” is in this world, the concepts of “scientific realism”, and of “anti-scientific realism”, have been at conflict with each other for generations. The authors, Associate Professor Hricko and Professor Chen, argued that it is better to examine what is really in this world. In other words, for specific things (such as atoms, genes, viruses, etc.) for which theoretical assumptions exist, these can be proven by relevant experiments. This kind of thinking strategy is called “Retail Arguments”.

 

For example, if you want to prove that “coronavirus” exists and is pathogenic, you should be able to isolate a virus strain from a patient and prove that the coronavirus is real by experiment. Even though many people have different theories or assumptions about how viruses cause disease, these will not change the fact that the virus actually exists because it has been individualized by experiments. Therefore, they proposed the condition of “individualization of experiments” to judge whether a scientific experiment can be use to prove the existence of the hypothesized thing. “To summarize: if I want to know what really exists in the world through scientific experiments, then I also need philosophy to analyze the relevant standards and conditions”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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