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

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Tool Development: How Experiment-Driven Sciences Progress

Philosophers of science have not explored in sufficient detail scientific progress through experimental tool development. This is unfortunate because tool development is the principal way that experiment-driven sciences like contemporary neurobiology progress. My presentation, using optogenetics as a case study, is a first step toward a metascience of tool development in mainstream neurobiology. The initial concepts which emerge focus philosophical attention on the primacy of tool development progress in experiment-driven sciences, offer a distinctively un-Kuhnian account of what drives revolutions in such sciences, and free us from assuming that all sciences must “resemble physics” in either their practices or products.

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John Bickle    
Philosophy, Psychology, I2AT/Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
Mississippi State University/University of Mississippi Medical Center


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