Drawing Philosophical Lessons from Perrin's Experiments on Brownian Motion: A Response to van Fraassen

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In a recent article, van Fraassen has taken issue with the use to which Perrin’s experiments on Brownian motion have been put by philosophers, especially those defending scientific realism. He defends an alternative position by analysing the details of Perrin’s case in its historical context. In this reply, I argue that van Fraassen has not done the job well enough and I extend and in some respects attempt to correct his claims by close attention to the historical details
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The Perils of Perrin, in the Hands of Philosophers.C. van Fraassen Bas - 2009 - Philosophical Studies 143 (1):5 - 24.
Atom and Aether in Nineteenth-Century Physical Science.Alan F. Chalmers - 2008 - Foundations of Chemistry 10 (3):157-166.
The Perils of Perrin, in the Hands of Philosophers.Fraassen Bas - 2009 - Philosophical Studies 143 (1):5-24.

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