Theory and Experiment

Recent Insights and New Perspectives on Their Relation

  • Diderik Batens
  • Jean Paul Van Bendegem

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 195)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Systematic Analyses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Risto Hilpinen
      Pages 15-29
  3. The Roles of Experiment: Theory Generation and Theory Testing

  4. The Role of Theoretical Conceptions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-291

About this book


This is not "another collection of contributions on a traditional subject." Even more than we dared to expect during the preparatory stages, the papers in this volume prove that our thinking about science has taken a new turn and has reached a new stage. The progressive destruction of the received view has been a fascinating and healthy experience. At present, the period of destruction is over. A richer and more equilibrated analysis of a number of problems is possible and is being cru'ried out. In this sense, this book comes right on time. We owe a lot to the scholars of the Kuhnian period. They not only did away with obstacles, but in several respects instigated a shift in attention that changed history and philosophy of science in a irreversible way. A c1earcut example - we borrow it from the paper by Risto Hilpinen - concerns the study of science as a process, Rnd not only as a result. Moreover, they apparently reached several lasting results, e.g., concerning the tremendous impact of theoretical conceptions on empirical data. Apart from baffling people for several decades, this insight rules out an­ other return to simple-minded empiricism in the future.


Interpretation anthropology dynamics empiricism experience foundation history of literature methodology philosophy philosophy of science present science structure subject tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Diderik Batens
    • 1
  • Jean Paul Van Bendegem
    • 1
  1. 1.Rijksuniversiteit Gent and Vrije Universiteit BrusselN.F.W.O.Belgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7794-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2875-6
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