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Models of Scientific Development and the Case of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Authors: Zandvoort, Henk

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From the nineteen sixties onwards a branch of philosophy of science has come to development, called history-oriented philosophy of science. This development constitutes a reaction on the then prevailing logical empiricist conception of scientific knowledge. The latter was increasingly seen as suffering from insurmountable internal problems, like e. g. the problems with the particular "observational-theoretical distinction" on which it drew. In addition the logical empiricists' general approach was increasingly criticized for two external shortcomings. Firstly, the examples of scientific knowledge that the logical empiricists were focusing on were con­ sidered as too simplistic to be informative on the nature of real life science. Secondly, it was felt that the attention of these philosophers of science was restricted to the static aspects of scientific knowledge, while neglecting its developmental aspects. History-oriented philosophy of science has taken up the challenge implicit in the latter two criticisms, i. e. to develop accounts of science that would be more adequate for understanding the development 1 of real life science. One of the more successful products of this branch of philosophy of science is Lakatos's theory of scientific development, sometimes called the "methodology of scientific research programmes". This theory conceives science as consisting of so called research program­ mes developing in time, and competing with each other over the issue which one generates the best explan~tions of the phenomena that they address.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-5

    Zandvoort, Henk

  • Research Programmes and Criteria for Cognitive Success: Some Views from Recent Philosophy of Science

    Pages 6-43

    Zandvoort, Henk

  • The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Experiment: The Birth of a New Research Programme

    Pages 44-68

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  • Lakatos’s Theory and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Programme; The Conceptual Adequacy of Lakatos’s Theory

    Pages 69-83

    Zandvoort, Henk

  • The Development of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Programme; The Explanatory Failure of Lakatos’s Theory

    Pages 84-158

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Models of Scientific Development and the Case of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
184
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-4764-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-4764-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-2351-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8615-8
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
304
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