Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison:

Stabilities, Ruptures, Incommensurabilities?

Editors: Soler, Léna, Sankey, H., Hoyningen-Huene, Paul (Eds.)

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  • Represents the most recent thinking on the topic of incommensurability and scientific theory change
  • Each individual chapter appears with a critical commentary that typically represents an opposing viewpoint
  • Reflects and promotes interaction between French philosophy of science and philosophers of science from English-language philosophy of science
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The volume is a collection of essays devoted to the analysis of scientific change and stability. It explores the balance and tension that exists between commensurability and continuity on the one hand, and incommensurability and discontinuity on the other. And it discusses some central epistemological consequences regarding the nature of scientific progress, rationality and realism. In relation to these topics, it investigates a number of new avenues and revisits some familiar issues, with a focus on the history and philosophy of physics, and an emphasis on developments in cognitive sciences as well as on the claims of "new experimentalists".

The book is constituted of fully revised versions of papers which were originally presented at the international colloquium held at the University of Nancy, France, in June 2004. Each paper is followed by a critical commentary. The conference was a striking example of the sort of genuine dialogue that can take place between philosophers of science, historians of science and scientists who come from different traditions and endorse opposing commitments. This is one of the attractions of the volume.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison:
Book Subtitle
Stabilities, Ruptures, Incommensurabilities?
Editors
  • Léna Soler
  • H. Sankey
  • Paul Hoyningen-Huene
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
255
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6279-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6279-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6274-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8687-5
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 395
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