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  1. David J. Stump (2015). Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the a Priori. Routledge.
    In this book, David Stump traces alternative conceptions of the a priori in the philosophy of science and defends a unique position in the current debates over conceptual change and the constitutive elements in science. Stump emphasizes the unique epistemological status of the constitutive elements of scientific theories, constitutive elements being the necessary preconditions that must be assumed in order to conduct a particular scientific inquiry. These constitutive elements, such as logic, mathematics, and even some fundamental laws of nature, were (...)
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  2. Anastasios Brenner, Paul Needham, David Stump & Robert Deltete (2011). New Perspectives on Pierre Duhem's The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory. Metascience 20 (1):1-25.
    New perspectives on Pierre Duhem’s The aim and structure of physical theory Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9467-3 Authors Anastasios Brenner, Department of Philosophy, Paul Valéry University-Montpellier III, Route De Mende, 34199 Montpellier cedex 5, France Paul Needham, Department of Philosophy, University of Stockholm, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden David J. Stump, Department of Philosophy, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA Robert Deltete, Department of Philosophy, Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-1090, USA Journal Metascience (...)
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  3. David J. Stump (2011). Arthur Pap's Functional Theory of the A Priori. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (2):273-290.
    Arthur Pap was not quite a Logical Empiricist. He wrote his dissertation in philosophy of science under Ernest Nagel, and he published a textbook in the philosophy of science at the end of his tragically short career, but most of his work would be classified as analytic philosophy. More important, he took some stands that went against Logical Empiricist orthodoxy and was a persistent if friendly critic of the movement. Pap diverged most strongly from Logical Empiricism in his theory of (...)
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  4. David J. Stump (2011). A Reconsideration of the Status of Newton's Laws. In Michael J. Shaffer & Michael Veber (eds.), What Place for the a Priori? Open Court. 177.
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  5. David J. Stump (2011). Michael Heidelberger and Gregor Schiemann , Eds. The Significance of the Hypothetical in the Natural Sciences . Berlin: De Gruyter, 2009. Pp. Viii+376. $109.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW] Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (1):129-132.
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  6. David P. Stump (2010). Reflection on Exaptation—More Missing Terms. Biological Theory 5 (1):15-17.
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  7. David J. Stump (2007). Pierre Duhem's Virtue Epistemology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 18 (1):149-159.
    Duhem’s concept of “good sense” is central to his philosophy of science, given that it is what allows scientist to decide between competing theories. Scientists must use good sense and have intellectual and moral virtues in order to be neutral arbiters of scientific theories, especially when choosing between empirically adequate theories. I discuss the parallels in Duhem’s views to those of virtue epistemologists, who understand justified belief as that arrived at by a cognitive agent with intellectual and moral virtues, showing (...)
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  8. David J. Stump (2007). The Independence of the Parallel Postulate and Development of Rigorous Consistency Proofs. History and Philosophy of Logic 28 (1):19-30.
    I trace the development of arguments for the consistency of non-Euclidean geometries and for the independence of the parallel postulate, showing how the arguments become more rigorous as a formal conception of geometry is introduced. I analyze the kinds of arguments offered by Jules Hoüel in 1860-1870 for the unprovability of the parallel postulate and for the existence of non-Euclidean geometries, especially his reaction to the publication of Beltrami’s seminal papers, showing that Beltrami was much more concerned with the existence (...)
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  9. David Stump (2005). A Nice Derangement Of Epistemes: Postpositivism In The Study Of Science From Quine To Latour. [REVIEW] Isis 96:159-160.
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  10. David Stump (2004). Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW] Isis 95 (210):538-539.
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  11. David J. Stump (2003). Defending Conventions as Functionally a Priori Knowledge. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1149-1160.
    Recent defenses of a priori knowledge can be applied to the idea of conventions in science in order to indicate one important sense in which conventionalism is correctsome elements of physical theory have a unique epistemological status as a functionally a priori part of our physical theory. I will argue that the former a priori should be treated as empirical in a very abstract sense, but still conventional. Though actually coming closer to the Quinean position than recent defenses of a (...)
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  12. David J. Stump (2003). Robert M. Makus, 1951-2002. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 76 (5):163 - 164.
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  13. David Stump (2002). From the Values of Scientific Philosophy to the Value Neutrality of the Philosophy of Science. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 9:147-158.
    Members of the Vienna Circle played a pivotal role in defining the work that came to be known as the philosophy of science, yet the Vienna Circle itself is now known to have had much broader concerns and to have been more rooted in philosophical tradition than was once thought. Like current and past philosophers of science, members of the Vienna Circle took science as the object of philosophical reflection but they also endeavored to render philosophy in general compatible with (...)
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  14. David J. Stump (2001). Theory and Practice of Feminist Postcolonial Science Studies: Sandra Harding's is Science Multicultural? Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1/2):263-265.
  15. David J. Stump (2000). Socially Constructed Technology. Inquiry 43 (2):217 – 224.
    The main innovation in Questioning Technology is Feenberg?s use of the results of various social constructivist accounts of science and technology to rethink the philosophy of technology. I agree with Feenberg that the social constructivist studies developed by historians and sociologists refute the essentialist account of technology that has been the mainstream position of philosophers of technology. The autonomy of technology seems to be nothing but a myth from the point of view of social construction, since social and political factors (...)
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  16. David J. Stump (1999). Herbert Marcuse, Technology, War and Fascism: Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, Volume One Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 19 (3):210-211.
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  17. David Stump (1997). Bertrand Russell, An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 17:364-366.
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  18. David J. Stump (1997). Bertrand Russell, An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 17 (5):364-366.
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  19. Peter Galison & David Stump (eds.) (1996). .
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  20. Peter Galison & David J. Stump (eds.) (1996). The Disunity of Science: Boundaries, Contexts, and Power. Stanford University Press.
    Is science unified or disunified? This collection brings together contributions from prominent scholars in a variety of scientific disciplines to examine this important theoretical question. They examine whether the sciences are, or ever were, unified by a single theoretical view of nature or a methodological foundation and the implications this has for the relationship between scientific disciplines and between science and society.
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  21. David Stump (1995). Douglas M. Jesseph, Berkeley's Philosophy of Mathematics. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 15:113-115.
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  22. David Stump (1995). Gila Sher, The Bounds of Logic: A Generalized Viewpoint. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 15:426-428.
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  23. David J. Stump (1995). Douglas M. Jesseph, Berkeley's Philosophy of Mathematics Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 15 (2):113-115.
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  24. David J. Stump (1995). Gila Sher, The Bounds of Logic: A Generalized Viewpoint Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 15 (6):426-428.
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  25. David Stump (1992). Naturalized Philosophy of Science with a Plurality of Methods. Philosophy of Science 59 (3):456-460.
    Naturalism implies unity of method--an application of the methods of science to the methodology of science itself and to value theory. Epistemological naturalists have tried to find a privileged discipline to be the methodological model of philosophy of science and epistemology. However, since science itself is not unitary, the use of one science as a model amounts to a reduction and distorts the philosophy of science just as badly as traditional philosophy of science distorted science, despite the fact that the (...)
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  26. David Stump (1991). Fallibilism, Naturalism and the Traditional Requirements for Knowledge. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 22 (3):451-469.
    In april 1872, with the caisson at a depth of seventy-odd feet and still no bedrock, two men died. The strain for Roebling was nearly unbearable, as his wife later said. On May 18, a third man died, and that same day Roebling made the most difficult and courageous decision of the project. Staking everything — the success of the bridge, his reputation, his career - he ordered a halt. The New York tower, he had concluded, could stand where it (...)
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  27. David Stump (1991). Poincaré's Thesis of the Translatability of Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries. Noûs 25 (5):639-657.
    Poincaré's claim that Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries are translatable has generally been thought to be based on his introduction of a model to prove the consistency of Lobachevskian geometry and to be equivalent to a claim that Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries are logically isomorphic axiomatic systems. In contrast to the standard view, I argue that Poincaré's translation thesis has a mathematical, rather than a meta-mathematical basis. The mathematical basis of Poincaré's translation thesis is that the underlying manifolds of Euclidean and (...)
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  28. David Stump (1989). Henri Poincaré's Philosophy of Science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 20 (3):335-363.
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  29. David Stump (1988). The Role of Skill in Experimentation: Reading Ludwik Fleck's Study of the Wasserman Reaction as an Example of Ian Hacking's Experimental Realism. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:302 - 308.
    While Ludwik Fleck's Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact is mainly concerned with social elements in science, a central argument depends on his case study of the development of a serum test for syphilis, the Wasserman Reaction, which Fleck argues was the product of skill and of laboratory practice, not a simple discovery. Ian Hacking interprets the creation of new phenomena in science very differently, arguing that it can seen as an argument for scientific realism. Hacking's argument shows that (...)
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