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  1. Steffen Ducheyne (forthcoming). " Ignorance is Bliss": On Bernard Nieuwentijt's Docta Ignorantia and His Insight in Scientific Idealisation. Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia.
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  2. Steffen Ducheyne (forthcoming). The Flow of Influence: From Newton to Locke.. And Back. Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia.
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  3. Steffen Ducheyne (2013). The Status of Theory and Hypotheses. In Peter R. Anstey (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. Oxford University Press. 169.
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  4. Steffen Ducheyne (2012). La via delle acque (1500–1700). Appropriazione delle arti e trasformazione delle matematiche. Annals of Science 71 (1):1-2.
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  5. Steffen Ducheyne (2012). Scientific Representations as Limiting Cases. Erkenntnis 76 (1):73-89.
    In this essay, I shall show that the so-called inferential (Suárez 2003 and 2004 ) and interpretational (Contessa 2007 ) accounts of scientific representation are respectively unsatisfactory and too weak to account for scientific representation ( pars destruens ). Along the way, I shall also argue that the pragmatic similarity (Giere 2004 and Giere 2010 ) and the partial isomorphism (da Costa and French 2003 and French 2003 ) accounts are unable to single out scientific representation. In the pars construens (...)
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  6. Steffen Ducheyne (2011). Kant and Whewell on Bridging Principles Between Metaphysics and Science. Kant-Studien 102 (1):22-45.
    In this essay, I call attention to Kant’s and Whewell’s attempt to provide bridging principles between a priori principles and scientific laws. Part of Kant’s aim in the Opus postumum (ca. 1796-1803) was precisely to bridge the gap between the metaphysical foundations of natural science (on the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (1786) see section 1) and physics by establishing intermediary concepts or ‘Mittelbegriffe’ (henceforth this problem is referred to as ‘the bridging-problem’). I argue that the late-Kant attempted to show (...)
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  7. Steffen Ducheyne (2011). Mathematical and Philosophical Newton. Metascience 20 (3):467-476.
    Mathematical and philosophical Newton Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-10 DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9520-2 Authors Steffen Ducheyne, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ghent University, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent, Belgium Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  8. Steffen Ducheyne (2011). Mathématiques et connaissance du monde réel avant Galilée. Series: Histoire des savoirs. Annals of Science 70 (4):1-2.
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  9. Steffen Ducheyne (2011). Newton on Action at a Distance and the Cause of Gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (1):154-159.
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  10. Steffen Ducheyne (2010). Fundamental Questions and Some New Answers on Philosophical, Contextual and Scientific Whewell: Some Reflections on Recent Whewell Scholarship and the Progress Made Therein. Perspectives on Science 18 (2):pp. 242-272.
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  11. Steffen Ducheyne (2010). The Inferential and Representational Techniques in Galileo's Models for Uniformly Accelerated Motion. Epistemologia 33:257-280.
     
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  12. Steffen Ducheyne, The Status of Hypothesis and Theory.
    Nowadays, it is a truism that hypotheses and theories play an essential role in scientific practice. This, however, was far from an obvious given in seventeenth-century British natural philosophy. Different natural philosophers had different views on the role and status of hypotheses and theories, ranging from fierce promotion to bold rejection, and to both they ascribed varying meanings and connotations. The guiding idea of this chapter is that, in seventeenth-century British natural philosophy, the terms ‘hypothesis’/‘hypothetical’ and ‘theory’/‘theoretical’ were imbedded in (...)
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  13. Steffen Ducheyne, Testing Universal Gravitation in the Laboratory, or the Significance of Research on the Mean Density of the Earth and Big G, 1798-1898: Changing Pursuits and Long-Term Methodological-Experimental Continuity. [REVIEW]
    This paper seeks to provide a historically well-informed analysis of an important post-Newtonian area of research in experimental physics between 1798 and 1898, namely the determination of the mean density of the earth and, by the end of the nineteenth century, the gravitational constant. Traditionally, research on these matters is seen as a case of ‘puzzle solving.’ In this paper, I show that such focus does not do justice to the evidential significance of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century experimental research on the (...)
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  14. Steffen Ducheyne (2010). Whewell's Tidal Researches: Scientific Practice and Philosophical Methodology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (1):26-40.
    Primarily between 1833 and 1840, Whewell attempted to accomplish what natural philosophers and scientists since at least Galileo had failed to do: to provide a systematic and broad-ranged study of the tides and to attempt to establish a general scientific theory of tidal phenomena. In the essay at hand, I document the close interaction between Whewell’s philosophy of science (especially his methodological views) and his scientific practice as a tidologist. I claim that the intertwinement between Whewell’s methodology and his tidology (...)
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  15. Steffen Ducheyne (2009). 'Newtonian'elements in Locke, Hume, and Reid, Or: How Far Can One Stretch a Label? Enlightenment and Dissent 25:62-105.
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  16. Steffen Ducheyne (2009). The Secret History of Hermes: Hermeticism From Ancient Times to Modern Times. Annals of Science 66 (2):294-295.
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  17. Steffen Ducheyne (2009). The Times and Life of John Th. Desaguliers (1683-1744): Newtonian and Freemason. Revue Belge de Philologie Et D'Histoire 87 (2):349-363.
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  18. Steffen Ducheyne (2009). Understanding (in) Newton's Argument for Universal Gravitation. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 40 (2):227 - 258.
    In this essay, I attempt to assess Henk de Regt and Dennis Dieks recent pragmatic and contextual account of scientific understanding on the basis of an important historical case-study: understanding in Newton’s theory of universal gravitation and Huygens’ reception of universal gravitation. It will be shown that de Regt and Dieks’ Criterion for the Intelligibility of a Theory (CIT), which stipulates that the appropriate combination of scientists’ skills and intelligibility-enhancing theoretical virtues is a condition for scientific understanding, is too strong. (...)
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  19. Steffen Ducheyne, Galileo and Huygens on Free Fall : Mathematical and Methodological Ifferences.
    In this essay, I will scrutinize the differences between Galileo’s and Huygens’s demonstrations of free fall, which can be found respectively in the Discorsi and the Horologium, from a mathematical, representational and methodological perspective. I argue that more can be learnt from such an analysis than the thesis that Huygens re-styled Galilean mechanics which is a communis opinio. I shall argue that the differences in their approach on free fall highlight a significantly different mathematical and methodological outlook.
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  20. Steffen Ducheyne (2008). J. B. Van Helmont's de Tempore as an Influence on Isaac Newton's Doctrine of Absolute Time. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 90 (2):216-228.
    Here, I shall argue that Van Helmont needs to be added to the list of sources on which Newton drew when formulating his doctrine of absolute time. This by no means implies that Van Helmont is the factual source of Newton's views on absolute time (I have found no clear-cut evidence in support of this claim). It is by no means my aim to debunk the importance of the other sources, but rather to broaden them. Different authors help to explain (...)
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  21. Steffen Ducheyne (2008). J. B. Van Helmont's. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 90 (2):216-228.
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  22. Steffen Ducheyne (2008). J.S. Mill's Canons of Induction: From True Causes to Provisional Ones. History and Philosophy of Logic 29 (4):361-376.
    In this essay, my aim is twofold: to clarify how the late Mill conceived of the certainty of inductive generalizations and to offer a systematic clarification of the limited domain of application of the Mill’s Canons of Induction. I shall argue that Mill’s views on the certainty of knowledge changed overtime and that this change was accompanied by a new view on the certainty of the inductive results yielded by the Canons of Induction. The key message of the later editions (...)
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  23. Steffen Ducheyne (2008). Some Worries for Norton's Material Theory of Induction. Philosophia Naturalis 45 (1):37-46.
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  24. Steffen Ducheyne (2008). Towards a Fruitful Formulation of Needham’s Grand Question. Philosophica 82:9-26.
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  25. Steffen Ducheyne (2008). Whewell's Metaphorical Usage of Light and the Ultimate Reality Underlying It. Semiotica 2008 (172):269-278.
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  26. Steffen Ducheyne (2007). Noodzakelijkheid bij William Whewell: De ontwikkeling Van een concept. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (2):239 - 265.
    The immense oeuvre of William Whewell (1794-1886), a Victorian monument by itself, has to some extent been treated in a stepmotherly fashion by philosophers and historiansof philosophy. This paper attempts to conceptually clarify Whewell's notion of necessity, which was a core notion in his philosophical project. The author also sketches in broad lines the historical development of this notion in Whewell's thinking and points tothe intertwinement between Whewell's philosophy and theology. Whewell's philosophical work was deeply based on the history of (...)
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  27. Steffen Ducheyne (2007). Recensie Hans Radder, The World Observed/The World Conceived. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Wijsbegeerte 3:308-309.
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  28. Steffen Ducheyne (2007). Review of" Galileo Observed: Science and the Politics of Belief". [REVIEW] Annals of Science 64 (3):430-431.
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  29. Steffen Ducheyne (2007). Whewell on Necessity. A Study of its Development (William Whewell). Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (2):239-265.
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  30. Steffen Ducheyne & Erik Weber (2007). The Concept of Causation in Newton's Mechanical and Optical Work. Logic and Logical Philosophy 16 (4):265-288.
    In this essay the authors explore the nature of efficient causal explanation in Newton’s "Principia and The Opticks". It is argued that: (1) In the dynamical explanations of the Principia, Newton treats the phenomena under study as cases of Hall’s second kind of atypical causation. The underlying concept of causation is therefore a purely interventionist one. (2) In the descriptions of his optical experiments, Newton treats the phenomena under study as cases of Hall’s typical causation. The underlying concept of causation (...)
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  31. Steffen Ducheyne (2006). Galileo's Interventionist Notion of "Cause&Quot. Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (3):443-464.
    In this essay, I shall take up the theme of Galileo’s notion of cause, which has already received considerable attention. I shall argue that the participants in the debate as it stands have overlooked a striking and essential feature of Galileo’s notion of cause. Galileo not only reformed natural philosophy, he also – as I shall defend – introduced a new notion of causality and integrated it in his scientific practice (hence, this new notion also has its methodological repercussions). Galileo’s (...)
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  32. Steffen Ducheyne, Joan Baptista Van Helmont and the Question of Experimental Modernism.
    In this paper, I take up the question to what extent and in which sense we can conceive of Johannes Baptista Van Helmont’s (1579-1644) style of experimenting as “modern”. Connected to this question, I shall reflect upon what Van Helmont’s precise contribution to experimental practice was. I will argue - after analysing some of Van Helmont's experiments such as his tree-experiment, ice-experiment, and thermoscope experiment - that Van Helmont had a strong preference to locate experimental designs in places wherein variables (...)
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  33. Steffen Ducheyne (2006). Optical Versus Mechanical Models: Newton's" Failure" to Construct an Optical Theory. Logique Et Analyse 49 (194):199-223.
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  34. Steffen Ducheyne (2006). Reid's Adaptation and Radicalization of Newton's Natural Philosophy. History of European Ideas 32 (2):173-189.
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  35. Steffen Ducheyne (2006). Seculariserende Tendensen in Newtons Onto-Theologie. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Wijsbegeerte 98 (1).
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  36. Steffen Ducheyne (2006). The Argument(s) for Universal Gravitation. Foundations of Science 11 (4):419-447.
    In this paper an analysis of Newton’s argument for universal gravitation is provided. In the past, the complexity of the argument has not been fully appreciated. Recent authors like George E. Smith and William L. Harper have done a far better job. Nevertheless, a thorough account of the argument is still lacking. Both authors seem to stress the importance of only one methodological component. Smith stresses the procedure of approximative deductions backed-up by the laws of motion. Harper stresses “systematic dependencies” (...)
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  37. Steffen Ducheyne, The General Scholium: Some Notes on Newton's Published and Unpublished Endeavours.
    Newton’s immensely famous, but tersely written, General Scholium is primarily known for its reference to the argument of design and Newton’s famous dictum “hypotheses non fingo”. In the essay at hand, I shall argue that this text served a variety of goals and try to add something new to our current knowledge of how Newton tried to accomplish them. The General Scholium highlights a cornucopia of features that were central to Newton’s natural philosophy in general: matters of experimentation, methodological issues, (...)
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  38. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Bacon’s Idea and Newton’s Practice of Induction. Philosophica 76.
    In this essay, I provide a Baconian reading of Newton’s Principia. I argue that Newton scientific practice (especially in the Principia) was influenced by Bacon’s methodised idea of induction. My focus will be on Newton’s argument of universal gravitation.
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  39. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Introduction. Philosophica 76.
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  40. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Lessons From Galileo: The Pragmatic Model of Shared Characteristics of Scientific Representation. Philosophia Naturalis 42 (2):213-234.
    In this paper I will defend a new account of scientific representation. I will begin by looking at the benefits and drawbacks of two recent accounts on scientific representation: Hughes’ DDI account and Suárez’ inferential account. Next I use some of Galileo’s models in the Discorsi as a heuristic tool for a better account of scientific representation. Next I will present my model. The main idea of my account, which I refer to as the pragmatic model of shared characteristics (PMSC), (...)
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  41. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Mathematical Models in Newton's Principia: A New View of the 'Newtonian Style'. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 19 (1):1 – 19.
    In this essay I argue against I. Bernard Cohen's influential account of Newton's methodology in the Principia: the 'Newtonian Style'. The crux of Cohen's account is the successive adaptation of 'mental constructs' through comparisons with nature. In Cohen's view there is a direct dynamic between the mental constructs and physical systems. I argue that his account is essentially hypothetical-deductive, which is at odds with Newton's rejection of the hypothetical-deductive method. An adequate account of Newton's methodology needs to show how Newton's (...)
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  42. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Newton's Notion and Practice of Unification. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (1):61-78.
  43. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Newton's Training in the Aristotelian Textbook Tradition: From Effects to Causes and Back. History of Science 43:217-237.
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  44. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Review of The Body of the Artisan (Author: Pamela H. Smith). [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (3):361-363.
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  45. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Secularizerende Tendenzen in Isaac Newtons Onto-Theologie. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Wijsbegeerte 98 (1):18-33.
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  46. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). The Cambridge Companion to Newton. Philosophy of Science 72 (3):506-508.
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  47. Steffen Ducheyne (2005). Book Review The Cambridge Companion to Newton. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 72 (3):506-508.
  48. Steffen Ducheyne, Newton's Idea and Practice of Unification.
    In this paper I try to capture Newton's notion and practice of unification (I will mainly focus on the Principia). I will use contemporary theories on unification in philosophy of science as analytic tools (Kitcher, Schurz and Salmon). I will argue that Salmon's later work on the topic provides a good starting point to characterize Newton's notion and practice. However, in order to fully grasp Newton's idea and practice of unification, Salmon's model needs to be fleshed out and extended.
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  49. Steffen Ducheyne (2001). Isaac Newton on Space and Time: Metaphysician or Not? Philosophica 67.
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