At the foundation of my analysis are theories of phenomenology as developed in the tradition of critical theory, which is different from the kind of phenomenology espoused by working particle physicists and in the ‘standard models’ of philosophy of science. This phenomenology is based on Husserl’s interest in expanding the experiential as an antidote for the limitations of noema and ideation. He sees phenomenology as the collective field of experiences engendered through one’s interaction with the ontic. I am interested in how phenomenology as promulgated through the Husserlian model (and also that of Merleau-Ponty) can be put into dialectical engagement with the phenomenological analysis and interpretations made by particle physicists. In order to construct new theories from an existing pool of available theories, I will be using science fiction to create a series of thought experiments. One of my preliminary forays into this can be found in a mini graphic novel I have produced in conjunction with a colleague for a seminar
My research parallels that done by physicists because it is also about constructing newer and more refined theories, except that I am constructing my theories from existing philosophical concepts of science already utilized in the study of experimental works in physics. Work has been done by scholars such as Karin Cetina-Knorr, Peter Galison and Andrew Pickering on the history and sociology of physics of the Large Hadron Collider. Studies that had been done on the LHC and its antecedents have concentrated on the relationship between the people involved in the work and the machine, the sociology of knowledge-production, comparisons between knowledge models and research methods applied by the physicists and other scientists to their chosen scientific subfields, the political structures of scientific epistemology, and the historical developments (in relationship to the politics) that drive the direction in which certain scientific pursuits take place. There is not much focus on the analytic of the Large Hadron Collider; or research on how phenomenology can contribute to the understanding of ontological qualities in scientific knowledge formation that also shapes the epistemic culture of abstract knowledge. My main contribution will be in working out how and what ontology looks like, since that is important for understanding the structure of epistemology.