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

Philosophy of Science 76 (5):624-636 (2009)
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.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,360
External links
  • Through your library Configure
    References found in this work BETA

    No references found.

    Citations of this work BETA
    Similar books and articles
    Ryan D. Tweney (1986). Procedural Representation in Michael Faraday's Scientific Thought. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:336 - 344.
    Marcel Weber (2011). Experimentation Versus Theory Choice: A Social-Epistemological Approach. In Hans Bernhard Schmid, Daniel Sirtes & Marcel Weber (eds.), Collective Epistemology. Ontos. 20--203.
    Friedrich Steinle (1994). Experiment, Speculation and Law: Faraday's Analysis of Arago's Wheel. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:293 - 303.

    Monthly downloads

    Added to index


    Total downloads

    9 ( #128,885 of 1,089,047 )

    Recent downloads (6 months)

    1 ( #69,722 of 1,089,047 )

    How can I increase my downloads?

    My notes
    Sign in to use this feature

    Start a new thread
    There  are no threads in this forum
    Nothing in this forum yet.