PhilSci Archive

Jacob’s Ladder and Scientific Ontologies.

Stern, Julio Michael (2014) Jacob’s Ladder and Scientific Ontologies. Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 21 (3). pp. 9-43. ISSN 1756-6177

[img]
Preview
Text
Ste14arx.pdf - Published Version

Download (4MB) | Preview

Abstract

The main goal of this article is to use the epistemological framework of a specific version of Cognitive Constructivism to address Piaget’s central problem of knowledge construction, namely, the re-equilibration of cognitive structures. The distinctive objective character of this constructivist framework is supported by formal inference methods of Bayesian statistics, and is based on Heinz von Foerster’s fundamental metaphor of objects as tokens for eigen-solutions. This epistemological perspective is illustrated using some episodes in the history of chemistry concerning the definition or identification of chemical elements. Some of von Foerster’s epistemological imperatives provide general guidelines of development and argumentation.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Stern, Julio Michaeljstern@ime.usp.br0000-0003-2720-3871
Keywords: Bayesian statistics; Chemical element; Cognitive constructivism; Development of cognitive structures; Eigen solution; Objectivity; Ontology alignment; Symbol grounding.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Prof. Julio Michael Stern
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2023 17:17
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2023 17:17
Item ID: 21930
Journal or Publication Title: Cybernetics & Human Knowing
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Official URL: https://chkjournal.com/node/82
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Natural Kinds
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 9-43
Volume: 21
Number: 3
ISSN: 1756-6177
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21930

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item