Semantic Apparatus – The Tone Debate: Knowledge, Self, and Social Order

Cited by Lee Sonogan

Abstract by Maarten Derksen, Sarahanne Field

Loud tone of voice.

In the replication crisis in psychology, a “tone debate” has developed. It concerns the question of how to conduct scientific debate effectively and ethically. How should scientists give critique without unnecessarily damaging relations? The increasing use of Facebook and Twitter by researchers has made this issue especially pressing, as these social technologies have greatly expanded the possibilities for conversation between academics, but there is little formal control over the debate. In this article, we show that psychologists have tried to solve this issue with various codes of conduct, with an appeal to virtues such as humility, and with practices of self-transformation. We also show that the polemical style of debate, popular in many scientific communities, is itself being questioned by psychologists. Following Shapin and Schaffer’s analysis of the ethics of Robert Boyle’s experimental philosophy in the 17th century, we trace the connections between knowledge, social order, and subjectivity as they are debated and revised by present-day psychologists.

Publicaiton: Review of General Psychology (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Sep 22, 2021 Doi:

Keywords: debate, crisis, open science, psychology (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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