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Theory and Experiment: Recent Insights and New Perspectives on Their Relation

ISBN/ASIN: 9789401077941,9789400928756 | 1988 | English | pdf | 296/290 pages | 17.5 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Evandro Agazzi (auth.), Diderik Batens, Jean Paul Van Bendegem (eds.) | Edition: 1

This is not "another collection of contributions on a traditional subject." Even more than we dared to expect during the preparatory stages, the papers in this volume prove that our thinking about science has taken a new turn and has reached a new stage. The progressive destruction of the received view has been a fascinating and healthy experience. At present, the period of destruction is over. A richer and more equilibrated analysis of a number of problems is possible and is being cru'ried out. In this sense, this book comes right on time. We owe a lot to the scholars of the Kuhnian period. They not only did away with obstacles, but in several respects instigated a shift in attention that changed history and philosophy of science in a irreversible way. A c1earcut example – we borrow it from the paper by Risto Hilpinen – concerns the study of science as a process, Rnd not only as a result. Moreover, they apparently reached several lasting results, e.g., concerning the tremendous impact of theoretical conceptions on empirical data. Apart from baffling people for several decades, this insight rules out an­ other return to simple-minded empiricism in the future.

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