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From Theory to Technology: Rules versus Exemplars

Bod, Rens (2004) From Theory to Technology: Rules versus Exemplars. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Workshops. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    How is scientific knowledge used, adapted and extended in deriving real-world systems and technological devices? This paper aims at developing a general model of "applying science" based on the Exemplar-Based Explanation (EBE) model. EBE embodies the view that a real-world system is derived not by solving theoretical laws for specific boundary conditions but by constructing the system out of previously derived systems that function as exemplars. I will discuss a number of artifacts from hydraulics and language technology, and develop an instantiation of EBE which generalizes over different disciplines. I argue that engineering practice is highly cumulative: new systems are almost literally built upon and constructed out of previous systems resulting into increasingly complex wholes.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects: General Issues > Technology
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Workshops
    Depositing User: Rens Bod
    Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2076
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2076

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