David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
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Jack Alan Reynolds
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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 33 (1):29-52 (2002)
Historians of biology have argued that much of the dynamics of experimental disciplines such as genetics or molecular biology can be understood from studying experimental systems and model organisms alone . Such accounts contrast sharply with more traditional philosophies of science which viewed scientific research essentially as a process of inventing and testing theories. I present a case from the history of biochemistry which can be viewed from both the experimental systems perspective and from the methodology of theory testing. I argue that not only are the two perspectives fully compatible, but they are both necessary for a complete account of the research process
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