Michael faraday's “historical sketch of electro‐magnetism” and the theory‐dependence of experimentation

Philosophy of Science 76 (5):624-636 (2009)
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This article explores Michael Faraday’s “Historical Sketch of Electro‐Magnetism” as a fruitful source for understanding the epistemic significance of experimentation. In this work Faraday provides a catalog of the numerous experimental and theoretical developments in the early history of electromagnetism. He also describes methods that enable experimentalists to dissociate experimental results from the theoretical commitments generating their research. An analysis of the methods articulated in this sketch is instructive for confronting epistemological worries about the theory‐dependence of experimentation. †To contact the author, please write to: 10289 Saint Katherine Lane, Saint Ann, MO 63074; e‐mail: adcobb@gmail.com.
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