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Science and Partial TruthA Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning$
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Newton C. A. da Costa and Steven French

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019515651X.001.0001

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Partiality, Pursuit, and Practice

Partiality, Pursuit, and Practice

(p.107) 6 Partiality, Pursuit, and Practice
Science and Partial Truth

Newton C. A. da Costa

Steven French (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the heuristics of scientific practice in terms of the objects of that practice and their structural qualities. The notion of partial isomorphism will be crucial to this picture of the development of new theories and models from the old. The “social interests” approach and the more recent “mangle” of scientific practice are considered and rejected. Both downplay the heuristic force of the structural elements of theories and models themselves.

Keywords:   scientific practice, heuristics, partial isomorphism, social interests, partial isomorphism

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