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Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science

Maxwell, Nicholas (2019) Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science. [Preprint]

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Over 40 years ago, a philosophy of science was proposed based on the argument that physics, in only ever accepting unified theories, thereby makes a substantial metaphysical presupposition about the universe, to the effect that it possesses an underlying unity. It has been 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. Broader implications of the view are indicated. Finally, reasons for the neglect of the view are considered.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Maxwell, Nicholasnicholas.maxwell@ucl.ac.uk
Keywords: Physics, metaphysics, philosophy of science, theory unity, metaphysics of science, scientific revolution, revolution in philosophy
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2019 14:54
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2019 14:54
Item ID: 15702
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 2 February 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15702

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