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Bohr's Atomic Model and Paraconsistent Logic

Hadzidaki, Pandora (2009) Bohr's Atomic Model and Paraconsistent Logic. In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Bohr’s atomic model is one of the better known examples of empirically successful, albeit inconsistent, theoretical schemes in the history of physics. For this reason, many philosophers use this model to illustrate their position for the occurrence and the function of inconsistency in science. In this paper, I proceed to a critical comparison of the structure and the aims of Bohr’s research program – the starting point of which was the formulation of his model – with some of its contemporary philosophical readings. My study comes to conclude that the attempt of certain philosophers to accommodate Bohr’s model to a form of paraconsistent logic obliterates essential aspects of scientists' actual practice and reasoning.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: This paper was presented in the EPSA 2009 Conference under the title 'The Atomic Model of Niels Bohr and the Question of Inconsistensy in Science'
    Keywords: Models; Inconsistency; Paraconsistent Logic; Prediction; Theory-change.
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Theory Change
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Pandora Hadzidaki
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5190
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5190

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