Scientific Progress

A Study Concerning the Nature of the Relation Between Successive Scientific Theories

  • Craig Dilworth

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 153)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Craig Dilworth
    Pages 11-13
  3. Craig Dilworth
    Pages 14-17
  4. Craig Dilworth
    Pages 60-65
  5. Craig Dilworth
    Pages 66-76
  6. Craig Dilworth
    Pages 77-99
  7. Craig Dilworth
    Pages 118-132
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 142-164

About this book


For the philosopher interested in the idea of objective knowledge of the real world, the nature of science is of special importance, for science, and more particularly physics, is today considered to be paradigmatic in its affording of such knowledge. And no understand­ ing of science is complete until it includes an appreciation of the nature of the relation between successive scientific theories-that is, until it includes a conception of scientific progress. Now it might be suggested by some that there are a variety of ways in which science progresses, or that there are a number of different notions of scientific progress, not all of which concern the relation between successive scientific theories. For example, it may be thought that science progresses through the application of scientific method to areas where it has not previously been applied, or, through the development of individual theories. However, it is here suggested that the application of the methods of science to new areas does not concern forward progress so much as lateral expansion, and that the provision of a conception of how individual theories develop would lack the generality expected of an account concerning the progress of science itself.


Galileo Galilei Issac Newton Karl R. Popper concept idea individual knowledge nature physics science

Authors and affiliations

  • Craig Dilworth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-7657-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7655-0
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