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Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees?

Martin, Joseph D (2012) Is the Contingentist/Inevitabilist Debate a Matter of Degrees? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Debates between contingentists and inevitabilists contest whether the results of successful science are contingent or inevitable. This paper addresses lingering ambiguity in the way contingency is defined in these debates. I argue that contingency in science can be understood as a collection of distinct concepts, distinguished by how they hold science contingent, by what elements of science they hold contingent, and by what those elements are contingent upon. I present a preliminary taxonomy designed to characterize the full range positions available and illustrate that these constitute a diverse array, rather than a spectrum.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Martin, Joseph Dmart1901@umn.edu
Additional Information: Please refer to published version (Philosophy of Science 80, no. 5 (2013): 919–930).
Keywords: Contingency; inevitability; social construction
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Depositing User: Dr. Joseph D. Martin
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 19:54
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 19:54
Item ID: 10596
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/674003
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Date: 21 June 2012
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10596

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