PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Responding to Ptolemy versus Copernicus: equivalence and inequivalence in the development of scientific methodology

I use the case of Ptolemy versus Copernicus to distinguish observational, empirical, modal, and virtue (in)equivalence. Focussing on Kepler, I show that we learned a great deal from the resolution of this case about how to mobilize these different kinds of inequivalences in the process of physical theorizing, and to identify those elements of our theories that are likely to persist through theory change.

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Katherine Brading    


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