Cutting edges cut both ways

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Emphasis on "cutting edge" science is common today. This paper shows that the concept, which selects some science at any given time as epistemically preferable and therefore "better," actually gained acceptance by the turn of this century in biology and began immediately to have consequences for what biological research was done. The result, that some research is cut out while other work is privileged, can have pernicious results. Some of what is designated as not cutting edge may, in a different - and equally defensible epistemological framework, prove just as "good" as the officially cutting edge research. Cutting edges cut both ways, and those who study science should begin exploring the implications of that fact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalBiology & Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Cutting edge
  • Harrison
  • Morgan
  • cytology
  • embryology
  • epistemological/epistemic
  • experimentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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