Partiality, Pursuit, and Practice

Newton C. A. da Costa and Steven French

in Science and Partial Truth

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156515
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785896 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 						Partiality, Pursuit, and Practice

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This chapter analyzes the heuristics of scientific practice in terms of the objects of that practice and their structural qualities. The notion of partial isomorphism will be crucial to this picture of the development of new theories and models from the old. The “social interests” approach and the more recent “mangle” of scientific practice are considered and rejected. Both downplay the heuristic force of the structural elements of theories and models themselves.

Keywords: scientific practice; heuristics; partial isomorphism; social interests; partial isomorphism

Chapter.  11753 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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