Models of the skies

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Abstract

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
Pages77-94
Number of pages18
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Volume25
ISSN (Print)2192-6255
ISSN (Electronic)2192-6263

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

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    Grosholz, E. (2016). Models of the skies. In Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics (pp. 77-94). (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics; Vol. 25). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28163-6_5