Pietsch, Wolfgang (2010) Defending Underdetermination or Why the Historical Perspective Makes a Difference. In:  EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.
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The old antagonism between the Quinean and the Duhemian view on underdetermination is reexamined. In this respect, two theses will be defended. First, it is argued that the main differences between Quine's and Duhem's versions of underdetermination derive from a different attitude towards the history of science. While Quine considered underdetermination from an ahistorical, a logical point of view, Duhem approached it as a distinguished historian of physics. On this basis, a logical and a historical version of the underdetermination thesis can be distinguished. The second thesis of the article is that the main objections against underdetermination are fatal only to the logical rendering. Taken together, the two theses constitute a defence of underdetermination.
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|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||General Issues > Confirmation/Induction|
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
|Conferences and Volumes:|| EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers|
|Depositing User:||Wolfgang Pietsch|
|Date Deposited:||01 Apr 2010|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:19|
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