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Teru Miyake
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  1. Realism, Physical Meaningfulness, and Molecular Spectroscopy.Teru Miyake & George E. Smith - forthcoming - In Timothy D. Lyons & Peter Vickers (eds.), Contemporary Scientific Realism: The Challenge from the History of Science. New York, USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 159-182.
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    Underdetermination and Decomposition in Kepler's Astronomia Nova.Teru Miyake - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 50:20-27.
    This paper examines the underdetermination between the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and the Tychonic theories of planetary motions and its attempted resolution by Kepler. I argue that past philosophical analyses of the problem of the planetary motions have not adequately grasped a method through which the underdetermination might have been resolved. This method involves a procedure of what I characterize as decomposition and identification. I show that this procedure is used by Kepler in the first half of the Astronomia Nova, where he (...)
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  3. Scientific Realism and the Earth Sciences.Teru Miyake - 2018 - In Juha Saatsi (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism. New York, USA: Routledge. pp. 333-344.
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    Underdetermination, Black Boxes, and Measurement.Teru Miyake - 2013 - Philosophy of Science 80 (5):697-708.
    This article introduces the notion of a kind of inference called black box measurement and argues that it is both historically and philosophically significant. Thinking about certain classic cases of underdetermination using this notion can give us a better understanding of how these cases are resolved. I take the main philosophical problem of black box measurement to be the justification of assumptions that are needed in order to make these measurements. I sketch some ways in which such enabling assumptions might (...)
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    Reference Models: Using Models to Turn Data Into Evidence.Teru Miyake - 2015 - Philosophy of Science 82 (5):822-832.
    Reference models of the earth’s interior play an important role in the acquisition of knowledge about the earth’s interior and the earth as a whole. Such models are used as a sort of standard reference against which data are compared. I argue that the use of reference models merits more attention than it has gotten so far in the literature on models, for it is an example of a method of doing science that has a long and significant history, and (...)
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    Essay Review: Isaac Newton's Scientific Method by William Harper. [REVIEW]Teru Miyake - 2013 - Philosophy of Science 80 (2):310-316.
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    Underdetermination in Geophysics.Teru Miyake - unknown
    This paper examines the epistemological implications of a particular underdetermination problem from geophysics, with an emphasis on understanding how the scientists themselves tried to deal with the problem. The problem is from the highly influential work of the geophysicists Backus and Gilbert in the late 60’s, who were trying to determine the internal structure of the Earth using seismic waves. I find that actual underdetermination problems can be vastly complex, with different sources of underdetermination having different epistemological implications. A better (...)
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    Magnitude, Moment, and Measurement: The Seismic Mechanism Controversy and its Resolution.Teru Miyake - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 65:112-120.
    This paper examines the history of two related problems concerning earthquakes, and the way in which a theoretical advance was involved in their resolution. The first problem is the development of a physical, as opposed to empirical, scale for measuring the size of earthquakes. The second problem is that of understanding what happens at the source of an earthquake. There was a controversy about what the proper model for the seismic source mechanism is, which was finally resolved through advances in (...)
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    Essay Review: Isaac Newton’s Scientific MethodWilliam Harper, Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method: Turning Data Into Evidence About Gravity and Cosmology. Oxford: Oxford University Press , 360 Pp., $75.00. [REVIEW]Teru Miyake - 2013 - Philosophy of Science 80 (2):310-316.
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