Waves, Particles, and Explanatory Coherence

Eliasmith, C. and Thagard, P. (1997) Waves, Particles, and Explanatory Coherence. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Peter Achinstein (1990, 1991) analyses the scientific debate that took place in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries concerning the nature of light. He offers a probabilistic account of the methods employed by both particle theorists and wave theorists, and rejects any analysis of this debate in terms of coherence. He characterizes coherence through reference to William Whewell's writings concerning how "consilience of inductions" establishes an acceptable theory (Whewell, 1847) . Achinstein rejects this analysis because of its vagueness and lack of reference to empirical data, concluding that coherence is insufficient to account for the belief change that took place during the wave-particle debate.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Philosophy > Ethics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:294
Deposited By: Thagard, Paul
Deposited On:08 May 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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