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  1. M. Ghins, Institut De.
    Philosophers and statisticians have been debating on causality for a long time. However, these discussions have been led quite independently from each other. An objective of this paper is to pursue a fruitful dialogue between philosophy and statistics. As is well known, at the beginning of the 20th century, some philosophers and statisticians dismissed the concept of causality altogether. It will suffice to mention Bertrand Russell (1913) and Karl Pearson (1911). Almost a hundred years later, causality still represents a central (...)
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  2. Michel Ghins (forthcoming). Representation and the Loss of Reality Objection. Epistemologia.
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  3. Michel Ghins (2013). Semirealism, Concrete Structures and Theory Change. Erkenntnis 78 (1):19 - 27.
    After a presentation of some relevant aspects of Chakravartty's semi-realism (A Metaphysics for scientific realism. Knowing the unobservable. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007), this paper addresses two difficulties that appear to be inherent to important components of his proposed metaphysics for scientific realism. First, if particulars and laws are concrete structures, namely actual groupings of causal properties as the semirealist contends, the relation between particulars and laws becomes also a relation between particulars with some annoying consequences. This worry—and some others—are (...)
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  4. Julien Blondeau & Michel Ghins (2012). Is There an Intrinsic Criterion for Causal Lawlike Statements? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (4):381-401.
    A scientific mathematical law is causal if and only if it is a process law that contains a time derivative. This is the intrinsic criterion for causal laws we propose. A process is a space-time line along which some properties are conserved or vary. A process law contains a time variable, but only process laws that contain a time derivative are causal laws. An effect is identified with what corresponds to a time derivative of some property or magnitude in a (...)
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  5. Michel Ghins (2012). Bohr's Modelling of the Atom: A Reconstruction and Assessment. Logique Et Analyse 55 (218).
     
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  6. Michel Ghins (2012). Scientific Representation and Realism. Principia 15 (3):461-474.
    After a brief presentation of what I take to be the representational démarche in science, I stress the fundamental role of true judgements in model construction. The success and correctness of a representation rests on the truth of judgements which attribute properties to real targeted entities, called “ontic judgements”. I then present what van Fraassen calls “the Loss of Reality objection”. After criticizing his dissolution of the objection, I offer an alternative way of answering the Loss of Reality objection by (...)
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  7. Michel Ghins (2011). Models, Truth and Realism: Assessingbas van Fraassen's Views Onscientific Representation. Manuscrito 34 (1):207-232.
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  8. Michel Ghins (2010). Bas Van Fraassen on Scientific Representation. Analysis 70 (3):524-536.
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  9. Michel Ghins (2010). Galileo in Rome. The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius by William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) and Galileo Observed. Science and the Politics of Belief by William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas (Sagamore Beach: Watson Publishing International, 2006). [REVIEW] Revue Philosophique de Louvain 3:549-557.
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  10. Michel Ghins (2010). Kuhn: Realist or Antirealist? Principia 2 (1):37-60.
    Although Kuhn is much more an antirealist than a realist, the earlier and later articulations of realist and antirealist ingredients in his views merit close scrutiny. What are the constituents of the real invariant World posited by Kuhn and its relation to the mutable paradigm-related worlds? Various proposed solutions to this problem (dubbed the "new-world problem" by Ian Hacking) are examined and shown to be unsatisfactory. In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the stable World can reasonably be taken to be (...)
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  11. Michel Ghins (2010). Laws of Nature: Do We Need a Metaphysics? Principia 11 (2):127-150.
    In this paper, I briefly present the regularity and necessity views and assess their difficulties. I construe scientific laws as universal propositions satisfied by empirically successful scientific models and made — approximately — true by the real systems represented, albeit partially, by these models. I also conceive a scientific theory as a set of models together with a set of propositions, some of which are laws. A scientific law is a universal proposition or statement that belongs to a scientific theory. (...)
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  12. James W. McAllister, Lars Bergström, James Robert Brown, Martin Carrier, Nancy Cartwright, Jiwei Ci, David Davies, Catherine Elgin, Márta Fehér & Michel Ghins (2010). First Page Preview. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24 (4).
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  13. Michel Ghins (2005). Howard Sankey on Scientific Realism and the God's Eye Point of View. Epistemologia: An Italian Journal for the Philosophy of Science 28:123-134.
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  14. Michel Ghins (2005). Note E Discussioni/Notes and Discussions-Howard Sankey on Scientific Realism and the Gods Eye Point of View. Epistemologia 28 (1).
     
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  15. Michel Ghins (2005). Putnam and the God's Eye Point of View. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (2):235-243.
    In this paper, I criticize Putnam’s argument, which contends that scientific realism implies adherence to a God’s eye point of view. I also show that some sort of God’s eye point of view in a weak sense, i.e. interest-free, is indeed accessible to humans and that a moderate version of scientific realism is philosophically defensible.
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  16. Michel Ghins (2005). The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics 1915-1925. Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science 16 (3):397-407.
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  17. Jean Ladrière, Bernard Feltz & Michel Ghins (eds.) (2005). Les Défis de la Rationalité: Actes du Colloque Organisé Par l'Institut Supérieur de Philosophie (Ucl) à l'Occasion des 80 Ans du Jean Ladrière. Peeters.
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  18. Michel Ghins (2003). Les atomes et l'espace absolu: les raisons et la nature de l'antiréalisme de Mach. Philosophia Scientiae 7 (2):3-22.
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  19. Michel Ghins (2003). Thomas Kuhn on the Existence of the World. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17 (3):265 – 279.
    This article argues that Thomas Kuhn's views on the existence of the world have undergone significant change in the course of his philosophical career. In Structure, Kuhn appears to be committed to the existence of the ordinary empirical world as well as the existence of an independent metaphysical world, but realism about the empirical world is abandoned in his later writings. Whereas in Structure the only relative worlds are the scientific worlds inhabited by the practitioners of various paradigms, the later (...)
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  20. Michel Ghins & Tim Budden (2001). The Principle of Equivalence. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 32 (1):33-51.
    We start from John Norton's analysis (1985) of the reach of Einstein's version of the principle of equivalence which is not a local principle but an extension of the relativity principle to reference frames in constant acceleration on the background of Minkowski spacetime. We examine how such a point of view implies a profound, and not generally recognised, reconsideration of the concepts of inertial system and field in physics. We then reevaluate the role that the infinitesimal principle, if adequately formulated, (...)
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  21. Michel Ghins (2000). Est-Il Rationnel de Chercher la Vérité?(Trad. De Howard Sankey, Is It Rational to Pursue Truth?). Revue Philosophique de Louvain 98 (3):589-602.
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  22. Michel Ghins (2000). Empirical Versus Theoretical Existence and Truth. Foundations of Physics 30 (10):1643-1654.
    On the basis of an analysis of everyday experience and practice, criteria of legitimate assertions of existence and truth are offered. A specific object, like a newspaper, can be asserted to exist if it has some invariant characteristics and is present in actual perception. A statement, like “This newspaper is black and white,” can be accepted as true if it is well-established in some empirical domain. Each of these criteria provides a sufficient condition for acceptance of existence and truth, respectively, (...)
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  23. Michel Ghins (2000). La Fin de L'Empirisme?(Trad. De Bas van Fraassen, The Demise of Empiricism?). Revue Philosophique de Louvain 98 (3):449-479.
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  24. Michel Ghins (2000). Présentation du Professeur Bas van Fraassen. Revue Philosophique De Louvain 98 (3):445-448.
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  25. Michel Ghins (1998). Van Fraassen's Constructive Empiricism, Symmetry Requirements and Scientific Realism. Logique Et Analyse 164:327-42.
     
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  26. Michel Ghins (1997). Bas van Fraassen. Revue Philosophique De Louvain 95 (4):737-754.
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  27. Michel Ghins (1996). Histoire et Philosophie des sciences: quelles interactions? Revue Philosophique de Louvain 94.
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  28. Michel Ghins (1996). Kuhn Édenté: Incommensurabilité Et Choix Entre Théories (Trad. De Tim Maudlin, Kuhn Defanged: Incommensurability and Theory-Choice). Revue Philosophique de Louvain 94 (3):428-446.
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  29. Michel Ghins (1996). Présentation. Revue Philosophique De Louvain 94 (3):383-386.
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  30. Michel Ghins (1992). Scientific Realism and Invariance. Philosophical Issues 2:249-262.
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  31. Michel Ghins (1991). Two Difficulties with Regard to Aristotle's Treatment of Time. Revue de Philosophie Ancienne 9 (1):83-98.
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  32. Michel Ghins (1988). Actes du Colloque Newton (Louvain-la-Neuve, 13 february 1987). Revue Philosophique de Louvain 86.
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  33. Michel Ghins (1988). L'inertie dans les 'Principia'. Revue Philosophique De Louvain 86 (4):523-537.
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  34. M. Ghins (1986). Popper on the Arrow of Time in Numero Especial Dedicado a Popper/Special Issue Devoted to Popper. Manuscrito. Revista Internacional de Filosofia 9 (2):17-93.
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  35. Michel Ghins (1986). Popper on the Arrow of Time. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia 9:77-94.
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  36. Michel Ghins (1985). Newton, Leibniz and the Empirical Acceptability of Absolute Space. Epistemologia 8:103-124.
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  37. Michel Ghins (1977). La forme et le sens dans le Tractatus de Wittgenstein. Revue Philosophique de Louvain 75 (27):453-481.
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