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Significance of the Hypothetical in the Natural Sciences

Significance of the Hypothetical in the Natural Sciences

by Michael Heidelberger , Gregor Schiemann

Berlin, New York (Walter de Gruyter) 2009
eBook ISBN: 978-3-11-021062-0
Print ISBN: 978-3-11-020694-4
DOI: 10.1515/9783110210620

Table of Contents


Michael Heidelberger, Gregor Schiemann

Hypothesis in Early Modern Science
Ernan McMullin

Experience and Hypotheses: Opinions within Locke’s Realm
Rainer Specht

Hypotheses in 19th Century British Philosophy of Science: Herschel, Whewell, Mill
Laura J. Snyder

From Axioms to Conventions and Hypotheses: The Foundations of Mechanics and the Roots of Carl Neumann’s “Principles of the Galilean–Newtonian Theory”
Helmut Pulte

Contingent Laws of Nature in Émile Boutroux
Michael Heidelberger

Pluralism and the Hypothetical in Heinrich Hertz’s Philosophy of Science
Andreas Hüttemann

Hypotheses and Conventions in Poincaré
Gerhard Heinzmann

Hypothesis and Convention in Poincaré’s Defense of Galilei Spacetime
Scott Walter

Vaihinger and Poincaré: An Original Pragmatism?
Christophe Bouriau

Werner Heisenberg’s Position on a Hypothetical Conception of Science
Gregor Schiemann

“Instrumentalism” and “Realism” as Categories in the History of Astronomy: Duhem vs. Popper, Maimonides vs. Gersonides
Gad Freudenthal

Hypotheticity and Realism – Duhem, Popper and Scientific Realism
Andreas Bartels

The Hypothesis of Reality and the Reality of Hypotheses
Alfred Nordmann

Hypothetical Metaphysics of Nature
Michael Esfeld


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