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

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Phenomena and Objects of Research in the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences

It is commonly held that research efforts in the cognitive and behavioral sciences are mainly directed towards providing explanations and that phenomena figure in scientific practice qua explananda. I contend that these assumptions provide a skewed picture of the research practices in question and of the role played by phenomena. I argue that experimental research often aims at the exploration and descriptions of “objects of research” and that phenomena can figure as components of, and as evidence for, such objects. I situate my analysis within the existing literature and illustrate it with examples from memory research.

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Uljana Feest    
Institute of Philosophy
Leibniz Universität Hannover


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