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Communication, Rationality, and Conceptual Changes in Scientific Theories

Zenker, Frank and Gärdenfors, Peter (2014) Communication, Rationality, and Conceptual Changes in Scientific Theories. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This article outlines how conceptual spaces theory applies to modeling changes of scientific frameworks when these are treated as spatial structures rather than as linguistic entities. The theory is briefly introduced and five types of changes are presented. It is then contrasted with Michael Friedman’s neo-Kantian account that seeks to render Kuhn’s “paradigm shift” as a communicatively rational historical event of conceptual development in the sciences. Like Friedman, we refer to the transition from Newtonian to relativistic mechanics as an example of “deep conceptual change.” But we take the communicative rationality of radical conceptual change to be available prior to the philosophical meta-paradigms that Friedman deems indispensable for this purpose.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Zenker, Frankfrank.zenker@fil.lu.se
Gärdenfors, Peterpeter.gardenfors@lucs.lu.se
Keywords: a priori, conceptual spaces, communication, communicative rationality, incommensurability, Michael Friedman, neo-Kantianism, scientific revolution, theory change, Thomas Kuhn
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Frank Zenker
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 15:24
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 15:24
Item ID: 10367
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10367

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