Models of the skies

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Reasoning that adds content to scientific theories typically moves between the task of accurate reference and taxonomy, and the task of analysis, the theoretical search for conditions of intelligibility. Here we examine the development of models of astronomical systems, beginning with the early 17th century models of the solar system, and ending with late 20th century models of galaxies. In each case, we note both the distinction, and the interaction, between the aims of reference and analysis, and the ways in which disparate modes of representation combine to enlarge scientific knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
ISSN (Print)2192-6255
ISSN (Electronic)2192-6263

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


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