This paper challenges a recent argument of Bird’s, which involves imagining that Réné Blondlot’s belief in N-rays was true, in favour of the view that scientific progress should be understood in terms of knowledge rather than truth. By considering several variants of Bird’s thought-experiment, it shows that the semantic account of progress cannot be so easily vanquished. A key possibility is that justification is only instrumental in, and not partly constitutive of, progress.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2008|
- Alexander Bird
- Goal of inquiry
- Scientific progress
- Value problem