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Stephen Downes

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The topic refers to philosophy created by teams. As most readers will know, by background is in philosophy. As a result, my approach to the subject is more or less philosophical, rather than (say) based in social or medical sciences. There are many differences between the different approaches, but this article focuses on the fact that most philosophers work alone. As, for the most part, do I. "Ideas tend to be seen as from someone and hence the locus of knowledge generation is primarily the individual." Now of course a lot of people will talk about things like (say) socially constructed knowledge - but that's very different (in my view) from knowledge created by a team or collaboration. That's not to say it can't be done - and the knowledge produced in the science and in medicine are prime examples. But not all knowledge follows that model. Understanding this is one of the core findings of philosophy.

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