Assessment of Theories

  • Józef Misiek
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 160)


The aim of this paper is to inquire into the problem of the assessment of theories. In order to be specific, I have decided to begin with the discussion of an example — historical assessment of the Special Theory of Relativity (hereafter SR). This particular example was chosen because SR has many advantages for philosophical analysis. It is far from trivial (like ‘all swans are white’) but from a mathematical point of view it is very simple. Moreover, SR was created in the 20th century and therefore its history is well known.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Józef Misiek
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  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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