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Wed Sep 21, 2011
Dennes Room, 234 Moses Hall, 6:10–8 PM
Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther (Philosophy Department, UC Santa Cruz)
Interweaving Categories in the Philosophy of Science: Styles, Paradigms, and Models

Analytical categories of scientific cultures have typically been used both exclusively and universally. For instance, when styles of scientific research are employed in attempts to understand and narrate science, styles alone are usually employed. This article is a thought experiment in interweaving categories. What would happen if rather than employ a single category, we instead investigated several categories simultaneously? What would we learn about the practices and theories, the agents and materials, and the political-technological impact of science if we analyzed and applied styles (à la Hacking and Crombie), paradigms (à la Kuhn), and models (à la van Fraassen and Cartwright) simultaneously? I address these questions in general and for a specific case study: a brief history of systematics.

The draft of the paper can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. You will be asked your Cal ID and pass phrase and then be directed to “Resources”; scroll and find the paper under “Winther’s paper” in the ‘General access papers’ category.