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Explaining Change in Science

  • Joseph C. Pitt
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 3)

Abstract

Philosophical theories of scientific change abound and, for the most part, they have one thing in common: they are theories of rational justification for changing scientific theories. That is, they are not about science per se, where science is construed as a social process whose main activity is the generation and testing of ideas about the composition and structure of the material universe. The kinds of theories of scientific change I have in mind are exemplified by the work of Popper (1959), Lakatos (1970), Kuhn (1962), and Laudan (1977).

Keywords

Scientific Theory Philosophical Theory Technological Infrastructure Mature Science Scientific Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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