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Truth, falsity and experimental science

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Truth, falsity and experimental science

Baetu, Tudor (2005) Truth, falsity and experimental science. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The arguments presented in this thesis aim to show that a Kantian model in which a theoretical framework is constitutive of empirical reality denies the possibility of a full grown experimental science. In contrast, a logical empiricist model according to which empirical reality is described by means of a theoretical language such as Euclidian geometry or Newtonian mechanics allows for a possible disagreement between experiment and theory. One of the main strengths of this model consists in its ability to handle cases in which theory is shown to be false in respect to empirical reality. However, in order to achieve this compatibility with experimental science, I argue that we must abandon the assumption that there is a single, unified language of science and replace it with the more general assumption of a plurality of languages. Under this new formulation, a perfect unity of science cannot be granted solely by a coherent formulation of all scientific knowledge in a unique language of science, but must be complemented by the common reference of all scientific theories to the same empirical reality

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Baetu, Tudor
Pagination:vi, 104 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Philosophy
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Zeman, Vladimir
ID Code:8519
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:27
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:27
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