A Note on Theory Change and Belief Revision
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For a long time, scientific theories were usually characterised (by philosophers) as sets of laws, holding of the world. In the last decades, this view has been repeatedly challenged, with structures, capacities, mechanisms, and perhaps also ontologies and processes competing to take the place of laws. But rather than taking part in that debate, I wish to look into a matter that is epistemologically prior to it, namely how various sciences select, define, and develop their concepts.