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Maarten Van Dyck
University of Ghent
  1. Constructive Empiricism and the Argument From Underdetermination.Maarten Van Dyck - 2007 - In Bradley John Monton (ed.), Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply From Bas C. Van Fraassen. Oxford University Press.
    It is argued that, contrary to prevailing opinion, Bas van Fraassen nowhere uses the argument from underdetermination in his argument for constructive empiricism. It is explained that van Fraassen’s use of the notion of empirical equivalence in The Scientific Image has been widely misunderstood. A reconstruction of the main arguments for constructive empiricism is offered, showing how the passages that have been taken to be part of an appeal to the argument from underdetermination should actually be interpreted.
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  2. Dynamics of Reason and the Kantian Project.Maarten Van Dyck - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (5):689-700.
    I show why Michael Friedman’s idea that we should view new constitutive frameworks introduced in paradigm change as members of a convergent series introduces an uncomfortable tension in his views. It cannot be justified on realist grounds, as this would compromise his Kantian perspective, but his own appeal to a Kantian regulative ideal of reason cannot do the job either. I then explain a way to make better sense of the rationality of paradigm change on what I take to be (...)
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  3. Gravitating Towards Stability: Guidobaldo's Aristotelian-Archimedean Synthesis.Maarten Van Dyck - 2006 - History of Science 44 (4):373-407.
  4. The Roles of One Thought Experiment in Interpreting Quantum Mechanics. Werner Heisenberg Meets Thomas Kuhn.Maarten Van Dyck - 2003 - Philosophica 72 (3):79-103.
    Recent years saw the rise of an interest in the roles and significance of thought experiments in different areas of human thinking. Heisenberg's gamma ray microscope is no doubt one of the most famous examples of a thought experiment in physics. Nevertheless, this particular thought experiment has not received much detailed attention in the philosophical literature on thought experiments up to date, maybe because of its often claimed inadequacies. In this paper, I try to do two things: to provide an (...)
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    Unification and Explanation.Erik Weber & Maarten Van Dyck - 2002 - Synthese 131 (1):145 - 154.
    In this article we criticize two recent articles that examinethe relation between explanation and unification. Halonen and Hintikka (1999), on the one hand,claim that no unification is explanation. Schurz (1999), on the other hand, claims that all explanationis unification. We give counterexamples to both claims. We propose a pluralistic approach to the problem:explanation sometimes consists in unification, but in other cases different kinds of explanation(e.g., causal explanation) are required; and none of these kinds is more fundamental.
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    Unification and Explanation: A Comment on Halonen and Hintikka, and Schurz.Erik Weber & Maarten Van Dyck - 2002 - Synthese 131 (1):145 - 154.
    In this article we criticize two recent articles that examine the relation between explanation and unification. Halonen and Hintikka (1999), on the one hand, claim that no unification is explanation. Schurz (1999), on the other hand, claims that all explanation is unification. We give counterexamples to both claims. We propose a pluralistic approach to the problem: explanation sometimes consists in unification, but in other cases different kinds of explanation (e.g., causal explanation) are required; and none of these kinds is more (...)
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  7. Script and Symbolic Writing in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy.Maarten Van Dyck & Albrecht Heeffer - 2014 - Foundations of Science 19 (1):1-10.
    We introduce the question whether there are specific kinds of writing modalities and practices that facilitated the development of modern science and mathematics. We point out the importance and uniqueness of symbolic writing, which allowed early modern thinkers to formulate a new kind of questions about mathematical structure, rather than to merely exploit this structure for solving particular problems. In a very similar vein, the novel focus on abstract structural relations allowed for creative conceptual extensions in natural philosophy during the (...)
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    The Practical Value of Spurious Correlations: Selective Versus Manipulative Policy.Bert Leuridan, Erik Weber & Maarten Van Dyck - 2008 - Analysis 68 (4):298-303.
    In the past 25 years, many philosophers have endorsed the view that the practical value of causal knowledge lies in the fact that manipulation of causes is a good way to bring about a desired change in the effect. This view is intuitively very plausible. For instance, we can predict a storm on the basis of a barometer reading, but we cannot avoid the storm by manipulating the state of the barometer (barometer status and storm are effects of a common (...)
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  9. The Paradox of Conceptual Novelty and Galileo’s Use of Experiments.Maarten Van Dyck - 2005 - Philosophy of Science 72 (5):864-875.
    Starting with a discussion of what I call Koyré’s paradox of conceptual novelty, I introduce the ideas of Damerow et al. on the establishment of classical mechanics in Galileo’s work. I then argue that although the view of Damerow et al. on the nature of Galileo’s conceptual innovation is convincing, it misses an essential element: Galileo’s use of the experiments described in the first day of the Two New Sciences. I describe these experiments and analyze their function. Central to my (...)
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    Causal Discovery Using Adaptive Logics. Towards a More Realistic Heuristics for Human Causal Learning.Maarten Van Dyck - 2004 - Logique Et Analyse 185 (188):5-32.
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    Being in or Getting at the Real: Kochan on Rouse, Heidegger and Minimal Realism.Anna de Bruyckere & Maarten Van Dyck - 2013 - Perspectives on Science 21 (4):453-462.
    The debate between realism and antirealism has been central in the general philosophy of science of the last decades. But ever since the heydays of the debate in the 1980s, there have been authors who have tried to argue for the overcoming or dissolution of the debate itself, by proposing a position that is neither realist nor antirealist. Prominent among these is Joseph Rouse (Rouse 1987). Yet, Jeff Kochan has recently argued that Rouse, despite his efforts to transcend the realism/antirealism (...)
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    Idealization and Galileo’s Proto-Inertial Principle.Maarten Van Dyck - 2018 - Philosophy of Science 85 (5):919-929.
    Galileo proposed what has been called a proto-inertial principle, according to which a body un horizontal motion will conserve its motion. This statement is only true in counterfactual circumstances where no impediments are present. This paper analyzes how Galileo could have been justified in ascribing definite properties to this idealized motion. This analysis is then used to better understand the relation of Galileo’s proto-inertial principle to the classical inertial principle.
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    Constructive Empiricism Without Underdetermination.Maarten Van Dyck - unknown
    According to a widely shared view, Bas van Fraassen is one of the main proponents of the argument from underdetermination. I argue that this opinion rests on a misreading of the Scientific Image. Van Fraassen’s use of the notion of empirical equivalence has been widely misunderstood. I offer a reconstruction of the main arguments for constructive empiricism, showing how the passages that have been taken to be part of an appeal to the argument from underdetermination should be interpreted. This has (...)
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  14. Het conflict tussen Galileo Galilei en de katholieke kerk.Maarten Van Dyck - manuscript
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    Helen Hattab. Descartes on Forms and Mechanisms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. 236. $93.00. [REVIEW]Maarten Van Dyck - 2011 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (1):157-161.
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    Helen Hattab, Descartes on Forms and Mechanisms. [REVIEW]Maarten Van Dyck - 2011 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (1):157-161.
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    Joella G. Yoder . A Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Christiaan Huygens, Including a Concordance with His Oeuvres Complètes. Xii + 338 Pp., Illus., Bibl. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013. $216. [REVIEW]Maarten Van Dyck - 2015 - Isis 106 (2):446-447.
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    Kuhn's Structures of Scientific Revolutions at Fifty. Reflections on a Science Classic.Maarten Van Dyck - 2018 - Centaurus 60 (1-2):126-128.
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    Machiel Karskens . Foucault. Amsterdam/ Leuven: Boom/Lannoo Campus, 145 Pp., 16,90 €.Maarten Van Dyck - 2013 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 105 (1):59-60.
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  20. On the Epistemological Foundations of the Law of the Lever.Maarten Van Dyck - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (3):315-318.
    In this paper I challenge Paolo Palmieri’s reading of the Mach-Vailati debate on Archimedes’s proof of the law of the lever. I argue that the actual import of the debate concerns the possible epistemic (as opposed to merely pragmatic) role of mathematical arguments in empirical physics, and that construed in this light Vailati carries the upper hand. This claim is defended by showing that Archimedes’s proof of the law of the lever is not a way of appealing to a non-empirical (...)
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    Redactioneel.Maarten Van Dyck - 2015 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 107 (2):123-123.
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  22. “Whatever Is Neither Everywhere Nor Anywhere Does Not Exist”: The Concepts of Space and Time in Newton and Leibniz. [REVIEW]Maarten Van Dyck & Karin Verelst - 2013 - Foundations of Science 18 (3):399-402.
  23. Dirk Batens, Editorial Note 3 Andrzej Wisniewski, Questions and Inferences 5 Diderik Batens, a General Characterization of Adaptive Logics. 45 Mariusz Urbanski, Synthetic Tableaux and Erotetic Search Scenarios: Extension and Extraction 69. [REVIEW]Liza Verhoeven, All Premises Are Equal, But Some Are More, Erik Weber, Maarten van Dyck & Adaptive Logic - 2001 - Logique Et Analyse 44:1.
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    Adaptive Logic and Covering Law Explanations.Erik Weber & Maarten Van Dyck - 2001 - Logique Et Analyse 44:237.
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    Rationally Evaluating Inconsistent Theories.Erik Weber & Maarten Van Dyck - 2012 - Philosophica 86.
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