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Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees?

Martin, Joseph D (2012) Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Debates between contingentists and inevitabilists contest whether the results of successful science are contingent or inevitable. This paper addresses lingering ambiguity in the way contingency is defined in these debates. I argue that contingency in science can be understood as a collection of distinct concepts, distinguished by how they hold science contingent, by what elements of science they hold contingent, and by what those elements are contingent upon. I present a preliminary taxonomy designed to characterize the full range positions available and illustrate that these constitute a diverse array, rather than a spectrum.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Martin, Joseph
Keywords: Contingency; inevitability; social construction
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Depositing User: Dr. Joseph D. Martin
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 13:15
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 19:54
Item ID: 9180

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