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A New Functional Approach to Scientific Progress

Shan, Yafeng (2019) A New Functional Approach to Scientific Progress. Philosophy of Science, 86 (4). pp. 739-758. ISSN 0031-8248. (doi:10.1086/704980) (KAR id:76188)

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Abstract

This paper develops and defends a new functional approach to scientific progress. I begin with a review of the problems of the traditional functional approach. Then I propose a new functional account of scientific progress, in which scientific progress is defined in terms of usefulness of problem-defining and problem-solving. I illustrate and defend my account by applying to the history of genetics. Finally, I highlight the advantages of my new functional approach over the epistemic and semantic approaches and dismiss some

potential objections to my approach.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/704980
Uncontrolled keywords: scientific progress, problem-defining, problem-solving, usefulness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Yafeng Shan
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2019 18:12 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76188 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Shan, Yafeng: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7736-1822
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