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How to study virtual entities historically? A proposal

Ehberger, Markus (2024) How to study virtual entities historically? A proposal. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper will not present a case study of the historical development of a virtual entity. Rather, I will develop an outlook on virtual entities in the sciences and propose a corresponding method for studying them (historically). In essence, my presentation can be considered a synthesis of different observations from the history and philosophy of science and has its roots in my dissertational research on the development of the virtual particle. Starting with a reflection on the role of presentism for the study of concept formation and development processes, I will show, through the example of the virtual particle, how current debates and interpretations can inform our access to a historical reconstruction. Following these reflections, I will argue for a pragmatist account of concepts as tools for the scientific practitioners. According to the approach presented in my article, concepts perform their functions through representations, and I will lay special focus on verbal representations and their different functions within scientific reasoning. In conclusion, I will frame the outcome of my discussion in terms of a proposal that might, through further research, enrich our understanding of virtual entities in the sciences.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Ehberger, Markus
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email m.zichert@tu-berlin.de
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2024 09:17
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 09:17
Item ID: 23037
Official URL: https://direct.mit.edu/posc/article-abstract/doi/1...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1162/posc_a_00607
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2024
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23037

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