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The Role of Meta-Empirical Theory Assessment in the Acceptance of Atomism

Dawid, Richard (2020) The Role of Meta-Empirical Theory Assessment in the Acceptance of Atomism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The universal acceptance of atomism in physics and chemistry in the early 20th century went along with an altered view on the epistemic status of microphysical conjectures. Contrary to the prevalent understanding during the 19th century, on the new view unobservable objects could be ‘discovered’. It is argued in the present paper that this shift can be connected to the implicit integration of elements of meta-empirical theory assessment into the concept of theory confirmation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Keywords: atomism; Maxwell; Perrin; isomers; meta-empirical assessment; confirmation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2020 13:18
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 13:18
Item ID: 18163
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Date: September 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18163

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