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Hidden entities and experimental practice: towards a two-way traffic between history and philosophy of science

Arabatzis, Theodore (2007) Hidden entities and experimental practice: towards a two-way traffic between history and philosophy of science. In: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1.

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    Abstract

    In this paper I investigate the prospects of integrated history and philosophy of science, by examining how philosophical issues concerning experimental practice and scientific realism can enrich the historical investigation of the careers of "hidden entities", entities that are not accessible to unmediated observation. Conversely, I suggest that the history of those entities has important lessons to teach to the philosophy of science. My overall aim is to illustrate the possibility of a fruitful two-way traffic between history and philosophy of science.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: experimentation, observable-unobservable distinction, underdetermination, entity realism
    Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1
    Depositing User: Theodore Arabatzis
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3639
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3639

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