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The role of meta-empirical theory assessment in the acceptance of atomism.

Authors
  • Dawid, Richard1
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in history and philosophy of science
Publication Date
Sep 21, 2021
Volume
90
Pages
50–60
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.08.017
PMID: 34560345
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
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Abstract

The universal acceptance of atomism in physics and chemistry in the early 20th century went along with an altered view on the epistemic status of microphysical conjectures. Contrary to the prevalent understanding during the 19th century, on the new view unobservable objects could be 'discovered'. It is argued in the present paper that this shift can be connected to the implicit integration of elements of meta-empirical theory assessment into the concept of theory confirmation. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

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