Communication, Rationality, and Conceptual Changes in Scientific Theories

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Abstract

This article outlines how conceptual spaces theory applies to modeling changes of scientific frameworks when these are treated as spatial structures rather than as linguistic entities. The theory is briefly introduced and five types of changes are presented. It is then contrasted with Michael Friedman’s neo-Kantian account that seeks to render Kuhn’s “paradigm shift” as a communicatively rational historical event of conceptual development in the sciences. Like Friedman, we refer to the transition from Newtonian to relativistic mechanics as an example of “deep conceptual change.” But we take the communicative rationality of radical conceptual change to be available prior to the philosophical meta-paradigms that Friedman deems indispensable for this purpose.

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  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Incommensurability , Conceptual spaces, Revisable a priori , Neo-Kantianism , Scientific revolution , Persuasion , Theory change
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications of Conceptual Spaces
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case for Geometric Knowledge Representation
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages259-277
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319150215
ISBN (Print)9783319150208
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventConceptual spaces at work, 2012 - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 2012 May 242012 May 26

Publication series

NameSynthese library. Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume359

Conference

ConferenceConceptual spaces at work, 2012
CountrySweden
CityLund
Period2012/05/242012/05/26

Related research output

Frank Zenker & Peter Gärdenfors, 2015 Jan 1, Cham: Springer International Publishing. 277 p. (Synthese library. Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science; vol. 359)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Peter Gärdenfors & Frank Zenker, 2015 Jan 1, Applications Of Conceptual Spaces: The Case For Geometric Knowledge Representation. Cham: Springer International Publishing, p. 3-13 11 p. (Synthese library. Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science; vol. 359).

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