Reconstructing Science: Discovery and Experiment

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


Science transforms itself by more or less continuously reworking its previous results and techniques. To miss the dynamical, self-reconstructive nature of scientific work is to miss the extent to which scientific inquiry is a bootstrap affair. I shall call non-reconstructive views of science single-pass or one-pass models of scientific inquiry. Here are some examples of reconstruction.


Solar Neutrino Crucial Experiment Auxiliary Assumption Reconstructive View Generative Justification 
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  • Thomas Nickles
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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