A Priori Revisability in Science (BOK)

Boris D. Grozdanoff

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The most influential rationalist model of scientific knowledge is arguably the one formulated recently by Michael Friedman. The central epistemic claim of the model concerns the character of its fundamental principles which are said to be independent from experience. Friedman's position faces the modern empiricist challenge: he has to explain how the principles could still be a priori if they change under empirical pressure. This book provides a contemporary account of the epistemic character of the principles, addressing recent work on the a priori in modern analytic epistemology. Its main thesis is that at least some principles within natural science are not empirically but a priori revisable. A priori Revisability in Science formulates a general notion of epistemic revisability and extracts two kinds of specific revisabilities: the traditional empirical one and the suggested novel a priori revisability. It presents the argument that the latter is as vital as the former and even so within natural science. To demonstrate this, the author analyzes two case studies-one from the history of geometry and one from the history of physics-and shows that the revisions were a priori. The result of this is two-fold. First, a genuine alternative of empirical revisability is developed, and not just for traditional a priori domains like mathematics, but for the natural sciences as well. Second, a new mechanism for the dynamics of science is suggested, the a priori dynamics, at the core of which the scientific knowledge sometimes evolves through non-empirical moves.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Boris D. Grozdanoff
ISBN 9781443858229
Antall sider 195 Dimensjoner 14,7cm x 20,6cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 476 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Philosophy of science