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  1. Moti Mizrahi (forthcoming). Historical Inductions, Unconceived Alternatives, and Unconceived Objections. Journal for General Philosophy of Science:1-10.
    In this paper, I outline a reductio against Stanford’s “New Induction” on the History of Science, which is an inductive argument against scientific realism that is based on what Stanford (2006) calls “the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives” (PUA). From the supposition that Stanford’s New Induction on the History of Science is cogent, and the parallel New Induction on the History of Philosophy (Mizrahi 2014), it follows that scientific antirealism is not worthy of belief. I also show that denying a key (...)
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  2. T. Parent (forthcoming). An Objection to the Laplacean Chalmers. Journal for General Philosophy of Science.
    I discuss David Chalmers’ “scrutability thesis,” roughly that a Laplacean intellect could know every truth about the universe from a “compact class” of basic truths. It is argued that despite Chalmers’ remarks to the contrary, the thesis is problematic owing to quantum indeterminacy. Chalmers attempts to “frontload” various principles into the compact class to help out. But though frontloading may succeed in principle, Chalmers does not frontload enough to avoid the problem.
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  3. Jan Baedke (forthcoming). Georg Toepfer: Historisches Wörterbuch der Biologie. Geschichte und Theorie der Biologischen Grundbegriffe. Journal for General Philosophy of Science:1-3.
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  4. Marco Buzzoni (forthcoming). Causality, Teleology, and Thought Experiments in Biology. Journal for General Philosophy of Science:1-21.
    Thought experiments de facto play many different roles in biology: economical, ethical, technical and so forth. This paper, however, is interested in whether there are any distinctive features of biological TEs as such. The question may be settled in the affirmative because TEs in biology have a function that is intimately connected with the epistemological and methodological status of biology. Peculiar to TEs in biology is the fact that the reflexive, typically human concept of finality may be profitably employed to (...)
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  5. José Antonio López Cerezo (forthcoming). Social Objectivity Under Scrutiny in the Pasteur–Pouchet Debate. Journal for General Philosophy of Science:1-18.
    Under the influence of naturalistic approaches, contemporary philosophy of science tends to characterize scientific objectivity not by virtue of the individualistic following of rules or satisfying epistemic utilities, but as a property arising from the organisational features of groups. This paper presents a critical review of one such proposal, that of Helen Longino, probing some of its main features against the debate between Pasteur and Pouchet in mid-nineteenth-century France regarding the spontaneous generation of life. After considering some weaknesses and strengths, (...)
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  6. Forschungsstipendien der, Humboldt-Stiftung An, Hochqualifizierte Promovierte, Wissenschaftler Aller Fachgebiete, Biszu Im Alter, Jahren Für Einen & In Deutschland (forthcoming). Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Further Information: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Jean-Paul-Straße 12 D-53173 Bonn. Journal for General Philosophy of Science.
     
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  7. José L. Falguera & Xavier de Donato-Rodríguez (forthcoming). Incommensurability, Comparability, and Non-Reductive Ontological Relations. Journal for General Philosophy of Science:1-22.
    We begin by highlighting some points related to Kuhn’s later thoughts on the incommensurability thesis and then show to what extent the standard version of the thesis given by the structuralist metatheory allows us to capture Kuhn’s ideas. Our main aim is to establish what constitutes the basis of comparability between incommensurable theories, even in cases of incommensurability with respect to theoretical and non-theoretical terms. We propose that comparability between incommensurable theories requires some connection between their respective ontologies that can (...)
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  8. Edward Slowik (forthcoming). The ‘Space’ at the Intersection of Platonism and Nominalism. Journal for General Philosophy of Science:1-16.
    This essay explores the use of platonist and nominalist concepts, derived from the philosophy of mathematics and metaphysics, as a means of elucidating the debate on spacetime ontology and the spatial structures endorsed by scientific realists. Although the disputes associated with platonism and nominalism often mirror the complexities involved with substantivalism and relationism, it will be argued that a more refined three-part distinction among platonist/nominalist categories can nonetheless provide unique insights into the core assumptions that underlie spatial ontologies, but it (...)
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