Synthese 191 (13):2891-2906 (2014)

Authors
Peter Vickers
Durham University
Abstract
For several decades now philosophers have discussed apparent examples of internally inconsistent scientific theories. However, there is still much controversy over how exactly we should conceive of scientific theories in the first place. Here I argue for a new approach, whereby all of the truly important questions about inconsistency in science can be asked and answered without disagreements about theories and theory-content getting in the way. Three examples commonly described as ‘internally inconsistent theories’ are analysed in the light of this approach. In the process, the question ‘Is the theory inconsistent or not?’ is identified as a bad, or at least unimportant, question
Keywords Inconsistency  Scientific theory  Bohr  Kirchhoff  Classical electrodynamics  Eliminativism
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0464-8
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,209
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

How the Laws of Physics Lie.Nancy Cartwright - 1983 - Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Understanding Inconsistent Science.Peter Vickers - 2013 - Oxford University Press.
How the Laws of Physics Lie.Malcolm R. Forster - 1985 - Philosophy of Science 52 (3):478-480.

View all 24 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Historical Magic in Old Quantum Theory?Peter Vickers - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (1):1-19.
Studying Controversies: Unification, Contradiction, Integration.Stefan Petkov - 2019 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 50 (1):103-128.
In Pursuit of the Non-Trivial.Colin R. Caret - 2021 - Episteme 18 (2):282-297.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics.Mathias Frisch - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (4):525-549.
Is Science Inconsistent?Otávio Bueno & Peter Vickers - 2014 - Synthese 191 (13):2887-2889.
Inconsistency and Scientific Realism.Juha Saatsi - 2014 - Synthese 191 (13):2941-2955.
Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics?F. A. Muller - 2007 - Philosophy of Science 74 (2):253-277.
Inconsistency and Scientific Reasoning.Joel M. Smith - 1988 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 19 (4):429-445.
Miraculous Success? Inconsistency and Untruth in Kirchhoff’s Diffraction Theory.Juha Saatsi & Peter Vickers - 2011 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (1):29-46.
Frisch, Muller, and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics.Peter Vickers - 2008 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 59 (4):767-792.
Scientific Theory Eliminativism.Peter Vickers - 2014 - Erkenntnis 79 (1):111-126.
The Ontological Commitments of Inconsistent Theories.Mark Colyvan - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 141 (1):115 - 123.
Inconsistency of the Copenhagen Interpretation.C. I. J. M. Stuart - 1991 - Foundations of Physics 21 (5):591-622.
Can Good Science Be Logically Inconsistent?Kevin Davey - 2014 - Synthese 191 (13):3009-3026.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-05-07

Total views
64 ( #168,808 of 2,455,352 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,153 of 2,455,352 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes