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From one version to the other. Intra-theoretical change

Abstract : Describing scientific change involves displaying scientific theories and their content. This is done by way of (rational) reconstructions, which usually neglect the variety of versions in which a scientific theory may appear. Although they possess a unity allowing them to bear the same name for decades, or even centuries, theories are diachronic, evolving entities. How should their evolution, i.e., into-theoretical change, be described? I claim that this description is best done in terms of a series of conceptual undertakings on the part of scientists aiming at examining the meaning of theoretical principles and concepts and broadening their domain. I present the implications of this hypothesis, which follows Robert Brandom's views on the philosophy of language, as well as the conception of scientific change in general associated with it.
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Anouk Barberousse. From one version to the other. Intra-theoretical change. Soler, Léna. Rethinking the Comparative Evaluation of Scientific Theories. Stabilities, Ruptures, Incommensurabilities, Springer, pp.87-101, 2008, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science ; 255, 978-1-4020-6274-2. ⟨10.1007/978-1-4020-6279-7_6⟩. ⟨halshs-00790905⟩

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