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Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science

Maxwell, Nicholas (2018) Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science. [Preprint]

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Over 40 years ago, I put forward a new philosophy of science based on the argument that physics, in only ever accepting unified theories, thereby makes a substantial metaphysical presupposition about the universe, to the effect it possesses an underlying unity. I argued that a new conception of scientific method is required to subject this problematic presupposition to critical attention so that it may be improved as science proceeds. This view has implications for the study of the metaphysics of science. The view has however been ignored by recent contributions to the field.


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Maxwell, Nicholasnicholas.maxwell@ucl.ac.uk
Keywords: Metaphysics of science; Aim-oriented empiricism; Scientific method; Physicalism; Problem of induction; Theory unification; Metaphysics of physics; Scientific realism; Problem of verisimilitude; Pessimistic induction; Scientific progress.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2018 20:05
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2018 20:05
Item ID: 14311
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 20 January 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14311

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