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A New Functional Approach to Scientific Progress

Shan, Yafeng (2019) A New Functional Approach to Scientific Progress. [Preprint]

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This paper develops and defends a new functional approach to scientific progress. I begin with a review of the problems of the traditional functional approach. Then I propose a new functional account of scientific progress, in which scientific progress is defined in terms of usefulness of problem-defining and problem-solving. I illustrate and defend my account by applying to the history of genetics. Finally, I highlight the advantages of my new functional approach over the epistemic and semantic approaches and dismiss some potential objections to my approach.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Shan, Yafengys1@mail.tau.ac.il0000-0001-7736-1822
Keywords: scientific progress, usefulness, problem-defining, problem-solving
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr Yafeng Shan
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 18:13
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 18:13
Item ID: 16132
Official URL: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/704980
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Date: November 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16132

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