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dc.contributor.authorBolinska, Agnesen
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Joeen
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-14T23:30:18Z
dc.date.available2019-05-14T23:30:18Z
dc.date.issued2020-04en
dc.identifier.issn0039-3681
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292786
dc.description.abstractObjections to the use of historical case studies for philosophical ends fall into two categories. Methodological objections claim that historical accounts and their uses by philosophers are subject to various biases. We argue that these challenges are not special; they also apply to other epistemic practices. Metaphysical objections, on the other hand, claim that historical case studies are intrinsically unsuited to serve as evidence for philosophical claims, even when carefully constructed and used, and so constitute a distinct class of challenge. We show that attention to what makes for a canonical case can address these problems. A case study is canonical with respect to a particular philosophical aim when the features relevant to that aim provide a reasonably complete causal account of the results of the historical process under investigation. We show how to establish canonicity by evaluating relevant contingencies using two prominent examples from the history of science: Eddington’s confirmation of Einstein’s theory of general relativity using his data from the 1919 eclipse and Watson and Crick’s determination of the structure of DNA.
dc.format.mediumPrint-Electronicen
dc.languageengen
dc.publisherPergamon Press Ltd.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleNegotiating history: Contingency, canonicity, and case studies.en
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage46
prism.publicationDate2020en
prism.publicationNameStudies in history and philosophy of scienceen
prism.startingPage37
prism.volume80en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.39942
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-05-05en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.05.003en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-04en
dc.contributor.orcidBolinska, Agnes [0000-0002-6133-6734]
dc.contributor.orcidMartin, Joe [0000-0002-8591-2150]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.orpheus.successThu Jan 30 10:45:19 GMT 2020 - Embargo updated*
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-11-30


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