The Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation

The Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation

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Since the late 1980s, the neglect of experiment by philosophers and historians of science has been replaced by a keen interest in the subject. In this volume, a number of prominent philosophers of experiment directly address basic theoretical questions, develop existing philosophical accounts, and offer novel perspectives on the subject, rather than rely exclusively on historical cases of experimental practice. Each essay examines one or more of six interconnected themes that run throughout the collection: the philosophical implications of actively and intentionally interfering with the material world while conducting experiments; issues of interpretation regarding causality; the link between science and technology; the role of theory in experimentation involving material and causal intervention; the impact of modeling and computer simulation on experimentation; and the philosophical implications of the design, operation, and use of scientific instruments.Descartesa#39; insistence on clear and distinct ideas rests on his conception of intuition as aquot;the natural light of reason. ... Such experiments are performed upon a diagrammatic representation, not through the use of laboratory apparatus. In this wayanbsp;...

Title:The Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation
Author:Hans Radder
Publisher:University of Pittsburgh Pre - 2003-02-01


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