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Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics : Essays in Honour of Heinz Post - Steven French

Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics

Essays in Honour of Heinz Post

By: Steven French (Editor), Harmke Kamminga (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780792320852
Number Of Pages: 364

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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.

Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristicsp. 1
Correspondence and Reduction in Chemistryp. 45
Taking Antecedent Conditions Seriously: A Lesson in Heuristics From Biologyp. 65
The Rise of the 'Fifth Force'p. 83
Michael Faraday's Thought: Discovery or Revelation?p. 105
Ideology, Heuristics and Rationality in the Context of Discoveryp. 125
Towards an Acceptable Theory of Acceptance: Partial Structures, Inconsistency and Correspondencep. 137
Tales from the Classroom: The See-Sawp. 159
The Unnatural Nature of the Laws of Nature: Symmetry and Asymmetryp. 171
Galilean Relativity and Galileo's Relativityp. 189
Pragmatic Circles in Relativistic Time Keepingp. 207
Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics in the Emergency of Special Relativityp. 227
Underdetermination, Conventionalism and Realism: The Copenhagen vs. The Bohm Interpretation of Quantum Mechanicsp. 261
Measurement and Quantum Silencep. 279
To What Physics Correspondsp. 295
Is the End of Physics in Sight?p. 327
Notes on Contributorsp. 343
Index of Namesp. 347
Index of Subjectsp. 353
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ISBN: 9780792320852
ISBN-10: 0792320859
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75