Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics

Essays in Honour of Heinz Post

Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Band 148

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This volume is presented in honour of Heinz Post, who founded a distinc tive and distinguished school of philosophy of science at Chelsea College, University of London. The 'Chelsea tradition' in philosophy of science takes the content of science seriously, as exemplified by the papers presented here. The unifying theme of this work is that of 'Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics', after the title of a classic and seminal paper by Heinz Post, published in 1971, which is reproduced in this volume with the kind permission of the editors and publishers of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Described by Paul Feyerabend in Against Method as "brilliant" and " . . . a partial antidote against the view which I try to defend" (1975, p. 61, fn. 17), this paper, peppered with illustrative examples from the history of science, brings to the fore some of Heinz Post's central concerns: the heuristic criteria used by scientists in constructing their theories, the intertheoretic relationships which these criteria reflect and, in particular, the nature of the correspondence that holds between a theory and its predecessors (and its suc cessors). The appearance of this volume more than twenty years later is an indica tion of the fruitfulness of Post's contribution: philosophers of science continue to explore the issues raised in his 1971 paper.


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 15.12.2010
Herausgeber S. French, H. Kamminga
Verlag Springer Netherland
Seitenzahl 364
Maße 23.5/15.5/2.1 cm
Gewicht 599 g
Auflage Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1993
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-90-481-4229-3

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  • Introduction; H. Kamminga, S. French, M. Earles. Correspondence and Reduction in Chemistry; E.R. Scerri. Taking Antecedent Conditions Seriously: a Lesson in Heuristics from Biology; H. Kamminga. The Rise of the `Fifth Force'; A. Franklin. Michael Faraday's Thought: Discovery or Revelation? E. Crawford. Ideology, Heuristics and Rationality in the Context of Discovery; N. Koertge. Towards an Acceptable Theory of Acceptance: Partial Structures, Inconsistency and Correspondence; N.C.A. da Costa, S. French. Tales from the Classroom: the See-Saw; A.K. Puri. The Unnatural Nature of the Laws of Nature: Symmetry and Asymmetry; G. Hon. Galilean Relativity and Galileo's Relativity; A. Chalmers. Pragmatic Circles in Relativistic Time Keeping; C. Kilmister, B. Tonkinson. Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics in the Emergence of Special Relativity; H.R. Brown. Underdetermination, Conventionalism and Realism: the Copenhagen vs. the Bohm Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics; J.T. Cushing. Measurement and Quantum Silence; A. Fine. To What Physics Corresponds; S. Saunders. Is the End of Physics in Sight? M. Redhead. Index of Names. Index of Subjects.