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Varieties of Progress

Philip Kitcher

in The Advancement of Science

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096538
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833351 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195096533.003.0004
Varieties of Progress

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The notion of a scientific practice allows for an approach to the concept of progress. Progress can occur with respect to any of the components of a practice. The root notion concerns the development of language and the acceptance of statements in that language that permit the answering of significant questions. The account tries to make sense of the intuitive idea that we make progress by coming to understand the structure of the natural world.

Keywords: cognitive progress; conceptual progress; naturalism; scientific progress

Chapter.  19425 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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