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    The Dilemma of Case Studies: Toward a Heraclitian Philosophy of Science.Joseph C. Pitt - 2001 - Perspectives on Science 9 (4):373-382.
    : What do appeals to case studies accomplish? Consider the dilemma: On the one hand, if the case is selected because it exemplifies the philosophical point, then it is not clear that the historical data hasn't been manipulated to fit the point. On the other hand, if one starts with a case study, it is not clear where to go from there—for it is unreasonable to generalize from one case or even two or three.
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  2. Theories of Explanation.Joseph C. Pitt (ed.) - 1988 - Oxford University Press.
    Since the publication of Carl Hempel and Paul Oppenheim's ground-breaking work "Studies in the Logic of Explanation," the theory of explanation has remained a major topic in the philosophy of science. This valuable collection provides readers with the opportunity to study some of the classic essays on the theory of explanation along with the best examples of the most recent work being done on the topic. In addition to the original Hempel and Oppenheim paper, the volume includes Scriven's critical reaction (...)
     
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    It’s Not About Technology.Joseph C. Pitt - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3):445-454.
    It is argued that the question “Can we trust technology?” is unanswerable because it is open-ended. Only questions about specific issues that can have specific answers should be entertained. It is further argued that the reason the question cannot be answered is that there is no such thing as Technology simpliciter. Fundamentally, the question comes down to trusting people and even then, the question has to be specific about trusting a person to do this or that.
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    What Engineers Know.Joseph C. Pitt - 2001 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (3):116-123.
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    Galileo and His Sources: The Heritage of the Collegio Romano in Galileo's Science.Joseph C. Pitt - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (1):138-140.
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    When is an Image Not an Image?Joseph C. Pitt - 2005 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 8 (3):24-33.
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    Galileo and His Sources the Heritage of the Collegio Romano in Galileo s Science.Joseph C. Pitt - 1984
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    The Epistemology of the Very Small.Joseph C. Pitt - unknown
    The question is how do Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) give us access to the nano world? The images these instruments produce, I argue, do not allow us to see atoms in the same way that we see trees. To the extent that SEMs and STMs allow us to see the occupants of the nano world it is by way of metaphorical extension of the concept of “seeing”. The more general claim is that changes in scientific instrumentation effect changes in the (...)
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  9. Theories of explanation.Joseph C. Pitt - 1989 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 179 (4):654-655.
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    Hume and Peirce on Belief, or, Why Belief Should Not Be Considered an Epistemic Category.Joseph C. Pitt - 2005 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (2):343 - 354.
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    Editorial Statement.Joseph C. Pitt, Pieter E. Vermaas & Peter-Paul Verbeek - 2007 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 11 (1):1-1.
  12. The Problems of Individuating Revolutions.Joseph C. Pitt - 1987 - Behaviorism 15 (1):83-87.
     
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    Revolutions in Science and Refinements in the Analysis of Causation.Joseph C. Pitt & Morton Tavel - 1977 - Zeitschrift Für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 8 (1):48-62.
    Summary A sufficient condition for a revolution in physics is a change in the concept of cause. To demonstrate this, we examine three developments in physical theory. After informally characterizing a theory in terms of an heuristic and a set of equations, we show how tensions between these two dimensions lead to the development of alternative theoretical accounts. In each case the crucial move results in a refinement of our account of cause. All these refinements taken together result in the (...)
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    Against the Perennial: Small Steps Toward a Heraclitian Philosophy of Science.Joseph C. Pitt - 2003 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 7 (2):57-65.
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    Explaining Change in Science.Joseph C. Pitt - 1998 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 3 (3):135-140.
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    The Technological Twist.Joseph C. Pitt - 2010 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 14 (1):69-71.
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    The Myth of Science Education.Joseph C. Pitt - 1990 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 10 (1):7-17.
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    Problematics in the History of Philosophy.Joseph C. Pitt - 1992 - Synthese 92 (1):117 - 134.
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    Galileo, Rationality and Explanation.Joseph C. Pitt - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (1):87-103.
    It is argued that Galileo's theory of justification was a version of explanationism. Galileo's Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems is to be read as primarily a defense of his theory of the tides. He shows how, by assuming Copernican motions, he can explain the tides, thereby justifying the endorsement of Copernicus. The crux of the argument rests on Galileo's account of explanation, which is novel in its reliance on the use of geometry. Finally, the consequences of his use (...)
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    Ethical Colonialism.Joseph C. Pitt - 2004 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 7 (3):32-38.
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    The Author Replies.Joseph C. Pitt - 2000 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):35-47.
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    Wilfrid Sellars' Theory of Probability.Joseph C. Pitt - 1976 - Philosophy Research Archives 2:445-482.
    Wilfrid Sellars attempts to deflect traditional objections to the straight rule of inductive acceptance by embedding it in a complicated system of levels. This system rests on a theory of probability in which the meaning of "probable" is reconstructed in the context of Sellars' general theory of practical reason. To say a statement is probable means, according to Sellars, that there is good reason for accepting the statement as true. In this paper I examine Sellars' attempt to resuscitate the straight (...)
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    Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2001 - International Studies in Philosophy 33 (2):147-149.
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  24. Don't Talk to Me.Joseph C. Pitt - 2008 - In D. E. Wittkower (ed.), Ipod and Philosophy. Open Court.
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  25. Theory Change and Instrumentation.Joseph C. Pitt - 2012 - In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Thinking Through Technology.Joseph C. Pitt - 2001 - International Studies in Philosophy 33 (2):147-149.
  27. New Directions in the Philosophy of Technology.Joseph C. Pitt - 1995
     
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    On the Philosophy of Technology, Past and Future.Joseph C. Pitt - 1995 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 1 (1/2):18-22.
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    Editorial Introduction.Richard M. Burian & Joseph C. Pitt - 1992 - Synthese 92 (1):3-7.
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    Editorial Preface.Joseph C. Pitt - 1994 - Synthese 99 (1):1-1.
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    The Role of Inductive Generalizations in Sellars' Theory of Explanation.Joseph C. Pitt - 1981 - Theory and Decision 13 (4):345-356.
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    Scientific Explanation.Joseph C. Pitt - 1992 - Review of Metaphysics 45 (3):615-616.
    The essays in this volume grew out of a seminar examining the possibility of the emergence of a new consensus in the philosophy of science. While that issue is not resolved, we are presented with the most thorough examination of problems associated with the deductive-nomological model of explanation and its variants since the publication of Hempel's Aspects of Scientific Explanation and other Essays in the Philosophy of Science. The discussion begins with Wesley Salmon's monograph-length review of the past forty years (...)
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  33. New Perspectives on Galileo.Robert E. Butts & Joseph C. Pitt - 1980 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 31 (2):195-199.
     
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    Small Talk: Nanotechnology and Metaphor.Joseph C. Pitt - 2008 - Spontaneous Generations 2 (1):90.
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  35. Pictures, Images, and Conceptual Change an Analysis of Wilfred Sellars' Philosophy of Science.Joseph C. Pitt - 1981
     
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    Philosophy of Economics, Wolfgang Balzer and Bert Hamminga . Dordrecht: Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing, 1989, 270 Pages. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 1991 - Economics and Philosophy 7 (1):122-128.
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    Hempel Versus Sellars on Explanation.Joseph C. Pitt - 1980 - Dialectica 34 (2):95-120.
    SummaryHempel's Deductive‐Nomological model of explanation is compared to Sellars' brand of essentialism. The source of their differences is shown to lie in their views on the explanatory role of inductively based generalizations. An adequate explanation requires a reasoned account of why an empirical generalization fails. On Sellars' view this entails concentrating on the nature of the things whose behavior is in question. We thereby remove ourselves from the misleading positivist methodology in which one counterinstance renders a generalization uninteresting. It is (...)
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    Philosophical Methodology, Technologies, and the Transformation of Knowledge.Joseph C. Pitt - 1996 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 1 (3/4):146-158.
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    Philosophy at Virginia Tech. He Recently Published Thinking About Tech-Nology (Seven Bridges Press, 2000) and is Co-Editor of the Forthcoming Pro-Duction and Diffusion of Publish Choice (Blackwells, 2003). He is Currently Working on a New Project Concerning the Role of Innovative Instrumenta. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2001 - Perspectives on Science 9 (4).
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    Mikael Hård;, Andrew Jamison.Hubris and Hybrids: A Cultural History of Technology and Science. Xv + 335 Pp., Bibl., Index. New York: Routledge, 2005. $29.95. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2007 - Isis 98 (3):614-615.
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    Editorial Statement.Joseph C. Pitt, Pieter E. Vermaas & Peter-Paul Verbeek - 2007 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 11 (1):1-1.
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    Paolo Palmieri. Reenacting Galileo's Experiments: Rediscovering the Techniques of Seventeenth‐Century Science. 304 Pp., Apps., Bibl., Indexes. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. $119.95. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2009 - Isis 100 (3):661-662.
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    The Discovery of Kepler's Laws: The Interaction of Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Job Kozhamthadam.Joseph C. Pitt - 1995 - Isis 86 (3):485-486.
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    Reconsidering the Legacy of Thomas Kuhn; Editor's Introduction.Joseph C. Pitt - 2001 - Perspectives on Science 9 (4):371-372.
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    Review of Carla Rita Palmerino (Ed.), J.M.M.H. Thijssen (Ed.), The Reception of the Galilean Science of Motion in Seventeenth-Century Europe[REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2005 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (7).
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    Daniel Rothbart. Philosophical Instruments: Minds and Tools at Work. Foreword by, Rom Harré. Xiv + 138 Pp., Figs., Tables, Bibl., Index. Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2007. $35. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2008 - Isis 99 (4):885-886.
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    Larry A. Hickman. Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture: Putting Pragmatism to Work. Xiv + 217 Pp., Bibl., Index. Bloomington/Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2001. $39.95 ; $17.95. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2003 - Isis 94 (1):202-202.
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    The Character of Galilean Evidence.Joseph C. Pitt - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:125 - 134.
    We examine Galileo's theory of evidence as presented in his Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems. It is argued that for Galileo evidence not only had to be tied to the senses, but, that for purposes of evidential relevance, epistemologically significant experience is only of terrestrial objects and events. This account forms the first part of an argument for understanding Galileo as an instrumentalist. The second part of the argument consists in examining Galileo's views on the limits of knowledge. (...)
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    Book Review: Davis Baird: "Thing Knowledge: A Philosophy of Scientific Instruments", Berkeley 2004. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 2005 - Hyle 11 (1):97 - 99.
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    The Problems of Individuating Revolution. [REVIEW]Joseph C. Pitt - 1987 - Behavior and Philosophy 15 (1):83.
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