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  1. Thomas Bartelborth (2013). Sollten wir klassische Überzeugungssysteme durch bayesianische ersetzen? Logos 3:2--68.
    In der neueren Erkenntnistheorie wird der Bayesianismus immer populärer. In diesem Ansatz werden Überzeugungen mit Glaubensgraden versehen. Dazu möchte ich der Frage nachgehen, ob wir den klassischen Ansatz in der Erkennnistheorie mit seinen kategorischen Überzeugungen komplett durch einen bayesianischen mit einem probabilistischen Überzeugungssystem ersetzen könnten. Um das zu klären, rekonstruiere ich zunächst beide Modelle unserer Überzeugungssysteme und vergleiche sie dann im Hinblick darauf, wie leistungsfähig sie jeweils dafür sind, erkenntnistheoretische Probleme zu lösen und als Grundlage für Entscheidungen zu dienen. Dabei (...)
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  2. Thomas Bartelborth (2011). Propensities and Transcendental Assumptions. Erkenntnis 74 (3):363-381.
    In order to comprehend the world around us and construct explaining theories for this purpose, we need a conception of physical probability, since we come across many (apparently) probabilistic phenomena in our world. But how should we understand objective probability claims? Since pure frequency approaches of probability are not appropriate, we have to use a single case propensity interpretation. Unfortunately, many philosophers believe that this understanding of probability is burdened with significant difficulties. My main aim is to show that we (...)
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  3. Thomas Bartelborth (2009). Dimensionen der Erklarungsstarke in modernen Erklarungstheorien. Philosophia Naturalis 45 (2):139-166.
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  4. Thomas Bartelborth (2006). Is the Best Explaining Theory the Most Probable One? Grazer Philosophische Studien 70 (1):1-23.
    Opponents of inference to the best explanation often raise the objection that theories that give us the best explanation of some phenomena need not be the most probable ones. And they are certainly right. But what can we conclude from this insight? Should we ban abduction from theory choice and work instead, for example, with a Bayesian approach? This would be a mistake brought about by a certain misapprehension of the epistemological task. We have to think about the real aims (...)
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  5. Thomas Bartelborth (2004). Wofür Sprechen Die Daten? Journal for General Philosophy of Science 35 (1):13-40.
    What Do the Data Tell Us? Justification of scientific theories is a three-place relation between data, theories, and background knowledge. Though this should be a commonplace, many methodologies in science neglect it. The article will elucidate the significance and function of our background knowledge in epistemic justification and their consequences for different scientific methodologies. It is argued that there is no simple and at the same time acceptable statistical algorithm that justifies a given theory merely on the basis of certain (...)
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  6. Thomas Bartelborth (2002). Explanatory Unification. Synthese 130 (1):91 - 107.
    Explanations contribute to our understanding of the world byembedding phenomena into general nomic patterns that we recognize in the world. Manyof these patterns are, of course, causal ones, but the declaration as ``causal'' often fails to determinethe explanatory power of the pattern. More important is the systematization capacity and the empiricalcontent of the pattern or theory with respect to explanations. We can specify these parameters moreprecisely within the framework of the structuralist view of theories.
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  7. Thomas Bartelborth (2000). An Ax1omat1zat1on of Class1cal Electrodynam1cs. In Joseph D. Sneed, Wolfgang Balzer & C.-U. Moulines (eds.), Structuralist Knowledge Representation: Paradigmatic Examples. Rodopi. 75--333.
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  8. Thomas Bartelborth (1999). Coherence and Explanations. Erkenntnis 50 (2-3):209-224.
    The article advocates a particular coherence theory of justification that emphasizes the significance of explanatory relations. It is shown that other approaches to coherence have failed because they underestimate the importance of explanatory theories in forming a system of beliefs. Additionally, a conception of explanation as a unifying substantial embedding of models is sketched that closely conforms with the proposed theory of coherence.
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  9. Thomas Bartelborth (1999). Erhard Scheibe, Die Reduktion Physikalischer Theorien. Ein Beitrag Zur Einheit der Physik. Erkenntnis 50 (1):123-127.
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  10. Thomas Bartelborth (1999). Holistische Strukturen in Camaps Konstitutionssystem der Begriffe. Grazer Philosophische Studien 57:133-150.
    Aus heutiger Sicht gibt es weniger denn je eine einheithche Einschätzung der Zielsetzungen von Camaps Der logische Aufbau der Welt. Camap steht hier eindeutig unter dem Eindruck der Erfolge der „neuen Logik" von Russell und Whitehead und möchte dieses leistungsfähige Instrument nun auch in der Philosophie fruchtbar einsetzen, die für ihn nur dann den Weg der Wissenschaft betreten kann, wenn es gelingt, die philosophischen Begriffe und Problemstellungen durch logische Präzisierungen zu klären. Diese Explikationsarbeit versucht Camap im Logischen Äuft)au penibel und (...)
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  11. Thomas Bartelborth (1999). Verstehen und Kohärenz. Ein Beitrag zur Methodologie der Sozialwissenschaft. Analyse and Kritik 21 (1):97-116.
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  12. Thomas Bartelborth (1996). Scientific Explanation. In Wolfgang Balzer & Carlos Ulises Moulines (eds.), Structuralist Theory of Science: Focal Issues, New Results. Walter de Gruyter. 6--23.
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  13. Thomas Bartelborth (1993). Hierarchy Versus Holism: A Structuralist View on General Relativity. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 39 (3):383 - 412.
    The philosophical debate whether the epistemological and conceptual structure of science is better characterized as hierarchical or as holistic cannot be decideda priori. A case study on general relativity should help to clarify our representation of this section of physics. For this purpose Sneed's model-theoretic approach is used to reconstruct the structure of relativity. The proposed axiomatization of general relativity takes into account approximations and utilizes local models for a realistic view on the functioning of the theory. A central objective (...)
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  14. Thomas Bartelborth (1989). Kann es rational sein, eine inkonsistente Theorie zu akzeptieren?(Eine Untersuchung zum frühen Bohrschen Atommodell). Philosophia Naturalis 26 (1):91-120.
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