N-rays and the semantic view of scientific progress

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-278
Number of pages2
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Alexander Bird
  • Goal of inquiry
  • Scientific progress
  • Value problem

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