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    Scientific Discovery: Logic and Tinkering.Aharon Kantorovich - 1993 - State University of New York Press.
    The main message of this volume is that the creative process of discovery is not a purely rational enterprise in the traditional sense which equates rationality with logical reasoning, yet it is a manifestation of a universal phenomenon ...
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    The Priority of Internal Symmetries in Particle Physics.Aharon Kantorovich - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (4):651-675.
    In this paper, I try to decipher the role of internal symmetries in the ontological maze of particle physics. The relationship between internal symmetries and laws of nature is discussed within the framework of “Platonic realism.” The notion of physical “structure” is introduced as representing a deeper ontological layer behind the observable world. I argue that an internal symmetry is a structure encompassing laws of nature. The application of internal symmetry groups to particle physics came about in two revolutionary steps. (...)
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  3. Ontic Structuralism and the Symmetries of Particle Physics.Aharon Kantorovich - 2009 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 40 (1):73-84.
    According to structural realism, in mature science there is structural continuity along theoretical change. A major counterexample to this thesis is the transition from the Eightfold Way to the Standard Model in particle physics. Nevertheless, the notion of structure is significantly important in comprehending the theoretical picture of particle physics, where particles change and undergo transmutations, while the only thing which remains unchanged is the basic structure, i.e. the symmetry group which controls the transmutations. This kind of view agrees with (...)
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    The Priority of Internal Symmetries in Particle Physics.Aharon Kantorovich - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (4):651-675.
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    Serendipity as a Source of Evolutionary Progress in Science.Aharon Kantorovich & Yuval Ne'eman - 1989 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 20 (4):505-529.
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    Towards a Dynamic Methodology of Science.Aharon Kantorovich - 1979 - Erkenntnis 14 (3):251 - 273.
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    Philosophy of Science: From Justification to Explanation.Aharon Kantorovich - 1988 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (4):469-494.
    The paper investigates the implications of a nonaprioristic philosophy of science. It starts by developing a scheme of justification which draws its norms from the prevailing paradigm of rationality, which need not be universal or external. If the requirement for normativity is then abandoned we do not end up with a descriptive philosophy of science. The alternative to a prescriptive philosophy of science is a theoretical explanation of scientific decisions and acts. Explanation, rather than mere description, replaces justification; and the (...)
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    Scientific Discovery: A Philosophical Survey.Aharon Kantorovich - 1994 - Philosophia 23 (1-4):3-23.
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    Erratum To: “The Priority of Internal Symmetries in Particle Physics”.Aharon Kantorovich - 2004 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35 (1):139-.
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    Towards an Evolutionary Pragmatics of Science.Asher Idan & Aharon Kantorovich - 1985 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 16 (1):47-66.
    Fundamentismus und Skeptizismus-Anarchismus sind zwei entgegengesetzte Positionen in der traditionellen Erkenntnistheorie und in der modernen Wissenschaftstheorie. Zwischen ihnen gibt es einen dritten Standpunkt, den Evolutionismus. Beispiele sind zwei neuere Arbeiten von Putnam und Stegmüller . Im Gegensatz zum logisch-statischen Fundamentismus berücksichtigt der Evolutionismus auch dynamische und naturalistische Ansätze. Stegmüller folgend entlehnen wir in der vorliegenden Untersuchung aus der Sprachphilosophie pragmatische Gesichtspunkte, um die logische Syntax und Semantik, die Werkzeuge des Fundamentismus, zu ersetzen. Wir zeigen die Kraft der Pragmatik bei der (...)
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    The Mechanisms of Communal Selection and Serendipitous Discovery.Aharon Kantorovich - 1988 - Biology and Philosophy 3 (2):199-203.
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    Structure of Hadron Matter: Hierarchy, Democracy, or Potentiality? [REVIEW]Aharon Kantorovich - 1973 - Foundations of Physics 3 (3):335-349.
    An attempt is made to give a methodological and physical characterization to the concept of the structure of matter. The methodological status of theories describing the structure of hadrons is discussed. A parallelism is drawn between the quark model as a theory of the mathematical composite structure of hadrons and Plato's theory of matter. The merger of the bootstrap idea with a quark substructure of hadrons is discussed. A third approach to the structure of hadron matter is presented. It resembles (...)
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    An Ideal Model for the Growth of Knowledge in Research Programs.Aharon Kantorovich - 1978 - Philosophy of Science 45 (2):250-272.
    In this paper a model is presented for the growth of knowledge in a dynamic scientific system. A system which is in some respects an idealization of a Lakatosian research program. The kinematics of the system is described in terms of two probabilistic variables, one of which is related to the evolution of its theoretical component and the other--to the growth of the empirical component. It is shown that when the empirical growth is faster than the theoretical growth the posterior (...)
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    Particles Vs. Structures: Weak Ontic Structuralism.Aharon Kantorovich - unknown
    In modern physics the notion of structure can be treated as an extension of the notion of law of nature. French and Ladyman’s view concerning the ontological priority of structures over objects is confronted with Psillos’ criticism. This kind of view agrees with the paradigmatic case where the structure is an internal symmetry and the instantiations are elementary particles. An ontological model is proposed which demonstrates the relation between structures and their instantiations in this case. This view which may be (...)
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    Evolutionary Epistemology: Random Change in Science.Aharon Kantorovich - unknown
    Scientific thought is generally characterized as methodical and rational. I would like to present here an opposing view which treats science as a non-systematic activity, where serendipity, tinkering and imitation, rather than so-called rational thought, characterizes it. All these kinds of acts, which are considered to be a-rational, are related to an evolutionary view of science. I will deal here with a version of evolutionary epistemology as applied to science. The combination of variation and competition for survival is analogous to (...)
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    Sociology of the Sciences.Aharon Kantorovich - 1982 - Philosophia 12 (1-2):203-221.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]H. Smokler, D. A. Rohatyn, Alex C. Michalos, David Zeilicovici, William Demopoulos, Aharon Kantorovich, Ilai Alon, Baruch A. Brody, Zeev Levy & Gershon Weiler - 1978 - Philosophia 7 (2):279-281.
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    An Evolutionary View of Science: Imitation and Memetics.Aharon Kantorovich - 2014 - Social Science Information 53 (3):363-373.
    Scientific thought is characterized in general as methodical and rational. I would like to present here an opposing view which treats science as a non-systematic activity, where serendipity, tinkering and imitation, rather than so-called rational thought, characterizes it. All these kinds of acts, which are considered to be a-rational, are related to an evolutionary view of science. I will deal here with a version of evolutionary epistemology as applied to science, integrated with the concept uf "meme". Richard Dawkins, who coined (...)
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    Review of “Exploring Science: The Cognition and Development of Discovery Processes” by David Klahr. [REVIEW]Aharon Kantorovich - 2004 - Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 12 (1):195-200.
  20. Erratum To: “The Priority of Internal Symmetries in Particle Physics”.Aharon Kantorovich - 2004 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35 (1):139.
  21. Review of “Exploring Science: The Cognition and Development of Discovery Processes“ by David Klahr. [REVIEW]Aharon Kantorovich - 2004 - Pragmatics and Cognition 12 (1):195-200.
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  22. Serendipity as a Source of Evolutionary Progress in Science.Aharon Kantorovich - 1989 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 20 (4):505.
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  23. Scientific Realism: Darwinian Smoke and Platonic Mirrors.Aharon Kantorovich - 1996 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 27 (2):301-309.
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  24. With Commentary.Aharon Kantorovich - 1988 - Biology and Philosophy 3 (2):199.