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    Molly Kao, The Role of Hypothesis in the Context of Scientific Theory Pursuit.
    There has been much discussion arising from Reichenbach's distinction in the philosophy of science between the context of discovery and the context of justification. More recently, some have also begun to distinguish between these and the "context of pursuit" at which point scientists are pursuing a theory or hypothesis that has been suggested as plausible, but is not yet deemed acceptable. However, there has been relatively little work done on characterizing this process by using specific scientific examples. In this talk, (...)
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    Molly Kao (2015). Unification and the Quantum Hypothesis in 1900–1913. Philosophy of Science 82 (5):1200-1210.
    In this article, I consider some of the first appearances of a hypothesis of quantized energy between the years 1900 and 1913 and provide an analysis of the nature of the unificatory power of this hypothesis in a Bayesian framework. I argue that the best way to understand the unification here is in terms of informational relevance: on the assumption of the quantum hypothesis, phenomena that were previously thought to be unrelated turned out to yield information about one another on (...)
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    Molly Kao, Nicolas Fillion & John Bell (2010). J Ean -P Ierre M Arquis . From a Geometrical Point of View: A Study of the History and Philosophy of Category Theory. Philosophia Mathematica 18 (2):227-234.
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    Molly Kao (2015). A New Role for Data in the Philosophy of Science. Philosophia Scientiæ 19:9-20.
    There exists a problem of the circularity in measurement: construction of theories requires reliable data, but obtaining reliable data requires reliable measurement devices whose construction requires a theory. I argue that adapting Anil Gupta's empiricist epistemology to a scientific context yields a possible solution. One can consider the role of data not as providing a foundation for a theory, but as acting functionally, licensing revisions of a previous theory. Data provide scientists with entitlement to their claims conditional on their background (...)
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    Molly Kao (2015). A New Role for Data in the Philosophy of Science. Philosophia Scientae 19:9-20.
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  6. Molly Kao (forthcoming). Unificatory Power in the Old Quantum Theory: Informational Relevance of the Quantum Hypothesis. Philosophy of Science.