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Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy, Vintage EnthusiasmsFalsifiability, Empirical Content and the Duhem-Quine Problem

Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy, Vintage Enthusiasms: Falsifiability, Empirical Content and the... [Having been struck by the steady growth of mathematical knowledge, Duhem wondered whether a similar cumulative pattern had also been achieved in the development of physical science. In this respect, his conclusions were largely negative: as long as explanatory science relies on metaphysics and as long as the latter is and must remain unstable, progress in physics cannot possibly be viewed as cumulative. But provided physical theories be restricted to their purely representative parts, then thanks to the Correspondence Principle, the mathematical structure of scientific systems can be seen to evolve continuously: the old equations, though strictly incompatible with the new ones, constitute limiting cases of the latter (Duhem, 1954, Part 1, Ch. 3).] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy, Vintage EnthusiasmsFalsifiability, Empirical Content and the Duhem-Quine Problem

Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 75)
Editors: DeVidi, David; Hallett, Michael; Clarke, Peter

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
ISBN
978-94-007-0213-4
Pages
385 –404
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0214-1_20
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Having been struck by the steady growth of mathematical knowledge, Duhem wondered whether a similar cumulative pattern had also been achieved in the development of physical science. In this respect, his conclusions were largely negative: as long as explanatory science relies on metaphysics and as long as the latter is and must remain unstable, progress in physics cannot possibly be viewed as cumulative. But provided physical theories be restricted to their purely representative parts, then thanks to the Correspondence Principle, the mathematical structure of scientific systems can be seen to evolve continuously: the old equations, though strictly incompatible with the new ones, constitute limiting cases of the latter (Duhem, 1954, Part 1, Ch. 3).]

Published: Jan 27, 2011

Keywords: Phenomenal Property; Empirical Content; Logical Principle; Rigid Designator; Auxiliary Assumption

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