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By Parallel ReasoningThe Construction and Evaluation of Analogical Arguments$
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Paul Bartha

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325539.001.0001

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A Wider Role for Analogies

A Wider Role for Analogies

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(p.305) 9 A Wider Role for Analogies
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By Parallel Reasoning
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Paul F. A. Bartha (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325539.003.0009

This concluding chapter outlines how my theory of analogical arguments can be extended to analogies in scientific revolutions and, more generally, outside science. As an example, Hacking's analogical argument for entity realism is presented and evaluated. The chapter also argues that a solid understanding of analogical arguments sheds light on thought experiments. Finally, it is argued that a good normative theory of analogical arguments has specific implications for current empirical and computational work on analogical reasoning.

Keywords:   computational theories of analogy, hacking, scientific realism, scientific revolutions, thought experiments

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