Origins: Studies in the Sources of Scientific Creativity

Inconsistency in Science

Editors: Meheus, Joke (Ed.)

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For centuries, inconsistencies were seen as a hindrance to good reasoning, and their role in the sciences was ignored. In recent years, however, logicians as well as philosophers and historians have showed a growing interest in the matter. Central to this change were the advent of paraconsistent logics, the shift in attention from finished theories to construction processes, and the recognition that most scientific theories were at some point either internally inconsistent or incompatible with other accepted findings. The new interest gave rise to important questions. How is `logical anarchy' avoided? Is it ever rational to accept an inconsistent theory? In what sense, if any, can inconsistent theories be considered as true?
The present collection of papers is the first to deal with this kind of questions. It contains case studies as well as philosophical analyses, and presents an excellent overview of the different approaches in the domain.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • From Copernicus to Ptolemy: Inconsistency and Method

    Nickles, Thomas

    Pages 1-33

  • Inconsistent Reasoning Toward Consistent Theories

    Miller, Arthur I.

    Pages 35-41

  • Inconsistencies in the History of Mathematics

    Bendegem, Jean Paul

    Pages 43-57

  • Mathematical Change and Inconsistency

    Bueno, Otávio

    Pages 59-79

  • Approximate Truth

    Brown, Bryson

    Pages 81-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inconsistency in Science
Editors
  • Joke Meheus
Series Title
Origins: Studies in the Sources of Scientific Creativity
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0085-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0085-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0630-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6023-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 223
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