Galati, E. (2016) Filosofía de la gestión de la ciencia en Argentina a partir de la historia del CONICET. Cinta moebio 55: 80-95. doi: 10.4067/S0717-554X2016000100006


Philosophy of science management in Argentina from the history of CONICET

Elvio Galati ( Centro de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Rosario, Argentina)


The methodology of this paper is documentary, compiling textbooks and scientific articles related to Argentine scientific history, mainly referring to CONICET. The purpose is to show that a complete epistemological study cannot be done without giving an account of its sociological and historical context, in this case, specifically referred to the management of science. The perspective of this paper is more philosophical than historical, doing discourse analysis and interpretation. Management, a sociological element, has a close relationship with science, and its study is part of epistemology. So, first, we must be careful to use the classification of basic and applied science in order to prioritize the latter with funding. Secondly, science should be autonomous but not independent from society and the market in which it is embedded, and the private sector should be harmonized with the public sector as regards scientific production. Third, betting on scientific production by Argentina helps demystify the classification of developed and underdeveloped countries, or the first and the third world. Fourth, in the management of science, university plays a key role, so management of university and the centralized management of the scientific bodies should be harmonized. Fifth, regarding the strengthening of the human component, subsidies offering should be balanced with the professionalization of research based on dedication.

Key words: epistemology, management of science, history of science, science law, complex thinking.

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