David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (1):25 – 32 (1998)
In Beauty and Revolution in Science, James McAllister argues that a sophisticated rationalist image of science can accommodate two prominent features of actual scientific practice, namely, appeals to “aesthetic” criteria in theory choice, and the occurrence of scientific “revolutions”. The aesthetic criteria to which scientists appeal are, he maintains, inductively grounded in the empirical record of competing theories, and scientific revolutions involve changes in aestheic criteria bu continuity in empirical criteria of theory choice. I raise difficulties for McAllister's account concerning: (a) the nature and scope of “aesthetic” criteria in science; (b) the rationality of appeals to aestheic criteria in science; (c) the rationality of scientific revolutions.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Helen E. Longino (1992). Taking Gender Seriously in Philosophy of Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:333 - 340.
Cain S. Todd (2008). Unmasking the Truth Beneath the Beauty: Why the Supposed Aesthetic Judgements Made in Science May Not Be Aesthetic at All. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (1):61 – 79.
Nicholas Maxwell, Comprehensibility Rather Than Beauty. PhilSci Archive.
James W. McAllister (1986). Theory-Assessment in the Historiography of Science. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (3):315-333.
Theo A. F. Kuipers (2002). Beauty, a Road to the Truth. Synthese 131 (3):291-328.
David Miller (2005). Beauty, a Road to the Truth? Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 83 (1):341-355.
Theo A. F. Kuipers (1982). Approaching Descriptive and Theoretical Truth. Erkenntnis 18 (3):343 - 378.
James W. McAllister (1991). The Simplicity of Theories: Its Degree and Form. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science 22 (1):1-14.
James W. McAllister (2002). Recent Work on Aesthetics of Science. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (1):7 – 11.
James W. Mcallister (1989). Truth and Beauty in Scientific Reason. Synthese 78 (1):25 - 51.
Added to index2009-02-08
Total downloads25 ( #80,640 of 1,679,372 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #78,612 of 1,679,372 )
How can I increase my downloads?