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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: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    Keywords: Contingency; inevitability; social construction
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Dr. Joseph D. Martin
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 09:15
    Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 15:54
    Item ID: 9180
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9180

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