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A Pursuit Worthiness Account of Analogies in Science

Nyrup, Rune (2016) A Pursuit Worthiness Account of Analogies in Science. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Analogies often provide reasons for pursuing hypotheses or models. This is illustrated with a case study on the liquid drop model of the atomic nucleus. I criticise accounts in which analogies provide reasons for pursuit through epistemic support, proposing instead that analogies increase the value of learning the truth. I consider two accounts of this type: first, that analogies indicate potentials for theoretical unification; second, that analogies facilitate the transfer of already well-understood modelling frameworks to new domains. While the first is plausible for some cases, only the second can account for the liquid drop case study.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Nyrup, Runerune.nyrup@dur.ac.uk
Keywords: Analogies; Pursuit Worthiness; Mary Hesse; N.R. Campbell; Liquid Drop Model;
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Mr Rune Nyrup
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 13:05
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 13:05
Item ID: 12577
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 3 November 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12577

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