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On Misunderstanding Science

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222919.003.0012
On Misunderstanding Science

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Theories, beliefs, opinions, and other such concepts attempt to give explanations of how things are and how they may not be. To be able to understand such obscurities that are brought about by science, one has to find an alternative way of analyzing scientific development and progress, and also to grasp what “reality” is. Kuhn introduces the “logical model” conception that uses historical understanding to explain certain “isms,” specifically “scientific realism”. This chapter shows Kuhn’s attempt to describe how a historical explanation would convey a theory of scientific development while presenting the demands and means that were shown in Descartes’s Meditations. Also, relevant concepts such as incommensurability and objectivity are discussed.

Keywords: scientific realism; reality; Kuhn; Descartes; incommensurability; objectivity; ultimate reality

Chapter.  8568 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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