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Communication, Rationality, and Conceptual Changes in Scientific Theories

Zenker, Frank LU and Gärdenfors, Peter LU (2015) Conceptual spaces at work, 2012 In Applications of Conceptual Spaces 359. p.259-277
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This article outlines how conceptual spaces theory applies to modeling changes of scientific frameworks when these are treated as spatial structures rather than as linguistic entities. The theory is briefly introduced and five types of changes are presented. It is then contrasted with Michael Friedman’s neo-Kantian account that seeks to render Kuhn’s “paradigm shift” as a communicatively rational historical event of conceptual development in the sciences. Like Friedman, we refer to the transition from Newtonian to relativistic mechanics as an example of “deep conceptual change.” But we take the communicative rationality of radical conceptual change to be available prior to the philosophical meta-paradigms that Friedman deems... (More)

This article outlines how conceptual spaces theory applies to modeling changes of scientific frameworks when these are treated as spatial structures rather than as linguistic entities. The theory is briefly introduced and five types of changes are presented. It is then contrasted with Michael Friedman’s neo-Kantian account that seeks to render Kuhn’s “paradigm shift” as a communicatively rational historical event of conceptual development in the sciences. Like Friedman, we refer to the transition from Newtonian to relativistic mechanics as an example of “deep conceptual change.” But we take the communicative rationality of radical conceptual change to be available prior to the philosophical meta-paradigms that Friedman deems indispensable for this purpose.

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Incommensurability , Conceptual spaces, Revisable a priori , Neo-Kantianism , Scientific revolution , Persuasion , Theory change
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Applications of Conceptual Spaces
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359
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19 pages
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Springer International Publishing
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Conceptual spaces at work, 2012
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9783319150208
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10.1007/978-3-319-15021-5_14
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  author       = {Zenker, Frank and Gärdenfors, Peter},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  pages        = {259--277},
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  series       = {Applications of Conceptual Spaces},
  title        = {Communication, Rationality, and Conceptual Changes in Scientific Theories},
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  volume       = {359},
  year         = {2015},
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