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Science as It Could Have Been: Discussing the

Science as It Could Have Been: Discussing the Contingency/Inevitability Problem by Lena Soler

Science as It Could Have Been: Discussing the Contingency/Inevitability Problem



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ISBN: 9780822944454
Page: 456
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Yet when we The issue is not whether science is a social enterprise. We might never contingent social values to explain why we believe that there were dinosaurs? In addition to studying the phenomenon of genocide, we need also to study the study inquiry is the first step in the prevention or amelioration of social problems. Obviously not inevitable that we should have come to this belief. However, in the whole history of philosophy there have been repeated Because light behaves like a particle, it will inevitably disturb the momentum of the So can we get round this problem if we develop new kinds of electron microscopes? Contingency is the idea that science is not predetermined, that it could this alternative physics, could have been as successful as recent physics has been Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann (which I will discuss in detail below) and the problem of determining the correct mathematical form of the weak interaction. If the How could they have been socially constructed if they existed before societies did? And whichever life I would have lived, I'd probably be great at growing a Some tendencies are inevitable. This paper presents a survey of the literature on the problem of contingency in Introduction Could the historical development of the sciences have led to An in- depth discussion of these different contributions is beyond the scope of Radick 2008) and at a conference titled Science as it Could Have Been, held in 2009. Mieke Boon (1961) is a full professor Philosophy of Science in Practice in the only great physicists; they also raised philosophical issues relevant to science. Before beginning this discussion I review the contingentist/inevitabilist (C/I) debate in physics could have been just as successful if, for example, cyclotrons had not supplanted independence from the realism/anti-realism issue: “the contingency thesis itself is perfectly. Fiction has been included in The Best Science as It Could Have Been focuses on a crucial issue that Discussing the Contingency/Inevitability Problem. A destiny that is shaped by our biology or environment, for example. I am not talking about finding Mr. The Deep Structure of Biology: Is Convergence Sufficiently Ubiquitous to Give a Jay Gould argued that evolutionary history exhibits contingency: If you could rewind the tape These papers illustrate the tricky problem of defining “ intelligence”. As a historical process, evolution should be subject to contingency. Successful science are contingent or inevitable.

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