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Exploratory concept formation and tool development in neuroscience

Haueis, Philipp (2022) Exploratory concept formation and tool development in neuroscience. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Developing tools is a crucial aspect of experimental practice, yet most discussions of scien-tific change traditionally emphasize theoretical over technological change. To elaborate on the role of tools in scientific change, I offer an account that shows how scientists use tools in exploratory experiments to form novel concepts. I apply this account to two cases in neuro-science and show how tool development and concept formation are often intertwined in epi-sodes of tool-driven change. I support this view by proposing common normative principles that specify when exploratory concept formation and tool development succeed (rather than fail) to initiate scientific change.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Haueis, Philippphilipp.haueis@uni-bielefeld.de0000-0002-0935-9015
Keywords: Exploratory experiment, scientific concepts, concept formation, neuroscience, tool development
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Philipp Haueis
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2022 03:43
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2022 03:43
Item ID: 21007
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21007

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