Friedman׳s thesis

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, ISSN: 1355-2198, Vol: 52, Page: 129-138

Publication Year:
2015
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11686
DOI:
10.1016/j.shpsb.2015.03.007
Author(s):
Ryan Samaroo
Publisher(s):
Elsevier BV
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Arts and Humanities, Physics and Astronomy
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This essay examines Friedman׳s recent approach to the analysis of physical theories. Friedman argues against Quine that the identification of certain principles as ‘constitutive’ is essential to a satisfactory methodological analysis of physics. I explicate Friedman׳s characterization of a constitutive principle, and I evaluate his account of the constitutive principles that Newtonian and Einsteinian gravitation presuppose for their formulation. I argue that something close to Friedman׳s thesis is defensible.

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