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Making the Visual Visible in Philosophy of Science

Carusi, Annamaria (2012) Making the Visual Visible in Philosophy of Science. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 6 (1). pp. 106-114. ISSN 1913 0465

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As data-intensive and computational science become increasingly established as the dominant mode of conducting scientific research, visualisations of data and of the outcomes of science become increasingly prominent in mediating knowledge in the scientific arena. This position piece advocates that more attention should be paid to the epistemological role of visualisations beyond their being a cognitive aid to understanding, but as playing a crucial role in the formation of evidence for scientific claims. The new generation of computational and informational visualisations and imaging techniques challenges the philosophy of science to re-think its position on three key distinctions: the qualitative/quantitative distinction, the subjective/objective distinction, and the causal/non-causal distinction.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Carusi, Annamaria
Depositing User: Miss Charlotte Marcotte-Toale
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 18:32
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2019 18:32
Item ID: 15688
Journal or Publication Title: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
Publisher: The University of Toronto
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DOI or Unique Handle: ttps://
Date: 3 October 2012
Page Range: pp. 106-114
Volume: 6
Number: 1
ISSN: 1913 0465

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