Conceptual revolutions

Paul Thagard

In this path-breaking work, Paul Thagard draws on the history and philosophy of science, cognitive psychology, and the field of artificial intelligence to develop a theory of conceptual change capable of accounting for all major scientific revolutions. The history of science contains dramatic episodes of revolutionary change in which whole systems of concepts have been replaced by new systems. Thagard provides a new and comprehensive perspective on the transformation of scientific conceptual systems. Thagard examines the Copernican and the Darwinian revolutions and the emergence of Newton's mechanics, Lavoisier's oxygen theory, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum theory, and the geological theory of plate tectonics. He discusses the psychological mechanisms by which new concepts and links between them are formed, and advances a computational theory of explanatory coherence to show how new theories can be judged to be superior to previous ones.

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書名 Conceptual revolutions
著作者等 Thagard, Paul
シリーズ名 Princeton paperbacks
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 1993, c1992
ページ数 xvi, 285 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0691024901
NCID BA21324784
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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