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Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science

Maxwell, N; (2019) Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science. Philosophia , 48 pp. 347-364. 10.1007/s11406-019-00064-w. Green open access

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Abstract

Over 40 years ago, I put forward a new philosophy of science based on the argument that physics, in only ever accepting unified theories, thereby makes a substantial metaphysical presupposition about the universe, to the effect it possesses an underlying unity. I argued that a new conception of scientific method is required to subject this problematic presupposition to critical attention so that it may be improved as science proceeds. This view has implications for the study of the metaphysics of science. The view has however been ignored by recent contributions to the field. I indicate broader implications of the view, and consider reasons why the view has been neglected.

Type: Article
Title: Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Metaphysics of Science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11406-019-00064-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-019-00064-w
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068555
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