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Molly Kao
University of Western Ontario
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    Unification Beyond Justification: A Strategy for Theory Development.Molly Kao - 2019 - Synthese 196 (8):3263-3278.
    This paper considers the importance of unification in the context of developing scientific theories. I argue that unifying hypotheses are not valuable simply because they are supported by multiple lines of evidence. Instead, they can be valuable because they guide experimental research in different domains in such a way that the results from those experiments inform the scope of the theory being developed. I support this characterization by appealing to the early development of quantum theory. I then draw some comparisons (...)
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    Unification Beyond Justification: A Strategy for Theory Development.Molly Kao - 2017 - Synthese:1-16.
    This paper considers the importance of unification in the context of developing scientific theories. I argue that unifying hypotheses are not valuable simply because they are supported by multiple lines of evidence. Instead, they can be valuable because they guide experimental research in different domains in such a way that the results from those experiments inform the scope of the theory being developed. I support this characterization by appealing to the early development of quantum theory. I then draw some comparisons (...)
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    Old Evidence in the Development of Quantum Theory.Molly Kao - 2018 - Philosophy of Science 85 (1):126-143.
    In this article, I evaluate Hartmann and Fitelson’s solution to the Bayesian problem of old evidence by applying it to an early stage in the development of quantum theory. I argue that this case study suggests that whether old evidence is anomalous affects its support for a hypothesis. I introduce and defend two formal assumptions to accommodate this idea. This analysis not only explicates an important historical example, but it also shows that the given solution captures the intuitive importance of (...)
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    Unification and the Quantum Hypothesis in 1900--1913.Molly Kao - unknown
    In this paper, I consider some of the first appearances of a hypothesis of quantized energy between the years 1900 and 1913 and provide an analysis of the nature of the unificatory power of this hypothesis in a Bayesian framework. I argue that the best way to understand the unification here is in terms of informational relevance: on the assumption of the quantum hypothesis, phenomena that were previously thought to be unrelated turned out to yield information about one another based (...)
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    A New Role for Data in the Philosophy of Science.Molly Kao - 2015 - Philosophia Scientiæ 19:9-20.
    There exists a problem of the circularity in measurement: construction of theories requires reliable data, but obtaining reliable data requires reliable measurement devices whose construction requires a theory. I argue that adapting Anil Gupta's empiricist epistemology to a scientific context yields a possible solution. One can consider the role of data not as providing a foundation for a theory, but as acting functionally, licensing revisions of a previous theory. Data provide scientists with entitlement to their claims conditional on their background (...)
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    A New Role for Data in the Philosophy of Science.Molly Kao - 2015 - Philosophia Scientae 19:9-20.
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  7. Unificatory Power in the Old Quantum Theory: Informational Relevance of the Quantum Hypothesis.Molly Kao - forthcoming - Philosophy of Science.
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    The Role of Hypothesis in the Context of Scientific Theory Pursuit.Molly Kao - unknown
    There has been much discussion arising from Reichenbach's distinction in the philosophy of science between the context of discovery and the context of justification. More recently, some have also begun to distinguish between these and the "context of pursuit" at which point scientists are pursuing a theory or hypothesis that has been suggested as plausible, but is not yet deemed acceptable. However, there has been relatively little work done on characterizing this process by using specific scientific examples. In this talk, (...)
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    J Ean -P Ierre M Arquis . From a Geometrical Point of View: A Study of the History and Philosophy of Category Theory.Molly Kao, Nicolas Fillion & John Bell - 2010 - Philosophia Mathematica 18 (2):227-234.
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    Jean-Pierre Marquis. From a Geometrical Point of View: A Study of the History and Philosophy of Category Theory: Critical Studies/Book Reviews.Molly Kao, Nicolas Fillion & John Bell - 2010 - Philosophia Mathematica 18 (2):227-234.
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    Mot de présentation.Molly Kao - 2018 - Ithaque 23:25-30.
    Mot de présentation du dossier "Le problème de l’induction : approches actuelles".
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