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The Instrumental Success of Scientific Metaphor: Putting the scientific realism issue into perspective

Andrew S. Reynolds

in The Third Lens: Metaphor and the Creation of Modern Cell Biology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226563121
eISBN:
9780226563435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226563435.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers the implications of science’s reliance on metaphor for the thesis of scientific realism. Can scientists employ metaphor and still claim to provide objective knowledge of ... More


The Hypothesis in Science Education

Bradley E. Alger

in Defense of the Scientific Hypothesis: From Reproducibility Crisis to Big Data

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780190881481
eISBN:
9780190093761
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881481.003.0013
Subject:
Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter presents a wide though unsystematic review of formal educational resources of information about the hypothesis, at levels from grade school through to professional science. The focus in ... More


An Account of Similarity

Michael Weisberg

in Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199933662
eISBN:
9780199333004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199933662.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter develops the weighted feature-matching account of similarity. Most accounts of the model–world relation draw on logical properties such as isomorphism and homomorphism. In contrast, ... More


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