The philosophy of scientific experimentation: a review
- Hans RadderAffiliated withFaculty of Philosophy, VU University Amsterdam Email author
Practicing and studying automated experimentation may benefit from philosophical reflection on experimental science in general. This paper reviews the relevant literature and discusses central issues in the philosophy of scientific experimentation. The first two sections present brief accounts of the rise of experimental science and of its philosophical study. The next sections discuss three central issues of scientific experimentation: the scientific and philosophical significance of intervention and production, the relationship between experimental science and technology, and the interactions between experimental and theoretical work. The concluding section identifies three issues for further research: the role of computing and, more specifically, automating, in experimental research, the nature of experimentation in the social and human sciences, and the significance of normative, including ethical, problems in experimental science.
- The philosophy of scientific experimentation: a review
- Open Access
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- Online Date
- October 2009
- Online ISSN
- BioMed Central
- Additional Links
- Hans Radder (1) (2)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Faculty of Philosophy, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- 2. De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands