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The Epistemic Privilege of Measurement: Motivating a Functionalist Account

Ohnesorge, Miguel (2022) The Epistemic Privilege of Measurement: Motivating a Functionalist Account. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Philosophers and metrologists have refuted the view that measurement’s epistemic privilege in scientific practice is explained by its theory-neutrality. Rather, they now explicitly appeal to the role that theories play in measurement. I formulate a challenge for this view: scientists sometimes ascribe epistemic privilege to measurements even if they lack a shared theory about their target quantity, which I illustrate through a case study from early geodesy. Drawing on that case, I argue that the epistemic privilege of measurement precedes shared background theory and is better explained by its pre-theoretic function in enabling a distinctive kind of inquiry.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Ohnesorge, Miguelmo459@cam.ac.uk0000-0003-4583-4124
Keywords: Measurement, Epistemology of Measurement, Geodesy, History of Physics, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Geoscience
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Mr Miguel Ohnesorge
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 18:07
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2022 18:07
Item ID: 20879
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20879

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