Communication, Rationality, and Conceptual Changes in Scientific Theories

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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.

Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationApplications of Conceptual Spaces
Undertitel på gästpublikationThe Case for Geometric Knowledge Representation
UtgivningsortCham
FörlagSpringer International Publishing
Sidor259-277
Antal sidor19
ISBN (elektroniskt)9783319150215
ISBN (tryckt)9783319150208
DOI
StatusPublished - 2015 jan 1
EvenemangConceptual spaces at work, 2012 - Lund, Sverige
Varaktighet: 2012 maj 242012 maj 26

Publikationsserier

NamnSynthese library. Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science
FörlagSpringer
Volym359

Konferens

KonferensConceptual spaces at work, 2012
Land/TerritoriumSverige
OrtLund
Period2012/05/242012/05/26

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Filosofi

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