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Feyerabend's Reevaluation of Scientific Practice: Quantum Mechanics, Realism and Niels Bohr

Kuby, Daniel (2018) Feyerabend's Reevaluation of Scientific Practice: Quantum Mechanics, Realism and Niels Bohr. [Preprint]

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The aim of this paper is to give an account of the change in Feyerabend's (meta)philosophy that made him abandon methodological monism and embrace methodological pluralism. In this paper I offer an explanation in terms of a simple model of 'change of belief through evidence'. My main claim is that the evidence triggering this belief revision can be identified in Feyerabend's technical work in the interpretation of quantum mechanics, in particular his reevaluation of Bohr's contribution to it (1957-1964). This highlights an under-appreciated part of Feyerabend's early work and makes it central to an understanding of the dynamics in his overall philosophy of science.


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Kuby, Daniel0000-0002-7779-7500
Additional Information: This is a draft of a paper to appear in *Interpreting Feyerabend: Critical Essays*, Karim Bschir and Jamie Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press. Please do not quote from it without permission (contact daniel.kuby@uni-konstanz.de).
Keywords: Paul Feyerabend Quantum mechanics Realism Niels Bohr Philosophy of Physics
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Daniel Kuby
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2019 03:37
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2019 03:37
Item ID: 15752
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15752

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