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  1. Wolfgang Pietsch (forthcoming). A Revolution Without Tooth and Claw—Redefining the Physical Base Units. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A.
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  2. Wolfgang Pietsch (2014). The Structure of Causal Evidence Based on Eliminative Induction. Topoi 33 (2):421-435.
    It is argued that in deterministic contexts evidence for causal relations states whether a boundary condition makes a difference or not to a phenomenon. In order to substantiate the analysis, I show that this difference/indifference making is the basic type of evidence required for eliminative induction in the tradition of Francis Bacon and John Stuart Mill. To this purpose, an account of eliminative induction is proposed with two distinguishing features: it includes a method to establish the causal irrelevance of boundary (...)
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  3. Wolfgang Pietsch (2013). The Limits of Probabilism. In. In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), Epsa11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Springer. 55--65.
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  4. Meinard Kuhlmann & Wolfgang Pietsch (2012). What Is and Why Do We Need Philosophy of Physics? Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (2):209-214.
    Philosophy of physics is a small but thriving research field situated at the intersection between the natural sciences and the humanities. However, what exactly distinguishes philosophy of physics from physics is rarely made explicit in much depth. We provide a detailed analysis in the form of eleven theses, delineating both the nature of the questions asked in philosophy of physics and the methodology with which they are addressed.
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  5. Wolfgang Pietsch (2012). Defending Underdetermination or Why the Historical Perspective Makes a Difference. In. In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Springer. 303--313.
  6. Wolfgang Pietsch (2012). Hidden Underdetermination: A Case Study in Classical Electrodynamics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (2):125-151.
    In this article, I present a case study of underdetermination in nineteenth-century electrodynamics between a pure field theory and a formulation in terms of action at a distance. A particular focus is on the question if and how this underdetermination is eventually resolved. It turns out that after a period of overt underdetermination, during which the approaches are developed separately, the two programmes are merged. On the basis of this development, I argue that the original underdetermination survives in hidden form (...)
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  7. Wolfgang Pietsch (2011). Pt. 1: General Reflections. Thomas Kuhn and Interdisciplinary Conversation : Why Historians and Philosophers of Science Stopped Talking to One Another / Jan Golinski ; The History and Philosophy of Science History / David Marshall Miller ; What in Truth Divides Historians and Philosophers of Science? / Kenneth L. Caneva ; History and Philosophy of Science : Thirty-Five Years Later / Ronald N. Giere ; Philosophy of Science and its Historical Reconstruction / Peter Dear ; The Underdetermination Debate : How Lack of History Leads to Bad Philosophy. [REVIEW] In Seymour H. Mauskopf & Tad M. Schmaltz (eds.), Integrating History and Philosophy of Science: Problems and Prospects. Springer Verlag.
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  8. Wolfgang Pietsch (2010). On Conceptual Issues in Classical Electrodynamics: Prospects and Problems of an Action-at-a-Distance Interpretation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 41 (1):67-77.
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  9. Wolfgang Pietsch, Two Electrodynamics Between Plurality and Reduction.
    Comparing action-at-a-distance electrodynamics in the tradition of Coulomb and Ampère with electromagnetic field theory of Faraday and Maxwell provides an example for a relation between theories, that are on a par in many respects. They have a broadly overlapping domain of applicability, and both were widely successful in explanation and prediction. The relation can be understood as an inhomogeneous reduction without a clear distinction between reducing and reduced theory. It is argued in general, when a clear hierarchy between competing theories (...)
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