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Crețu, Ana-Maria (2020) Perspectival Instruments. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Despite its potential implications for the objectivity of scientific knowledge, the claim that 'scientific instruments are perspectival' has received little critical attention. Yet understanding 'who’s point of view?' instruments might depend upon is invaluable to understanding how scientific knowledge is obtained. This paper shows that whilst the unqualified claim that 'scientific instruments are perspectival' is epistemically unproductive, once finer-grained notions of perspectives are taken into account, perspectivism can be used to develop new strategies for resolving well known epistemic problems in relation to scientific instruments, such as conceptual relativism and theory-ladeness.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Crețu, Ana-Mariad.cretuanamaria@gmail.com
Keywords: scientific instruments, objectivity, perspectivism,theory-ladeness, conceptual relativism
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Ana-Maria Cretu
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2020 15:45
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 12:33
Item ID: 18341
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Date: 30 October 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18341

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