Marginalization of the Phenomena and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge in High Energy Physics

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Manuscrito. Rev. Int. Fil.,, ISSN: 0100-6045, Vol: 33, Issue: 1, Page: 165-206

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Dawid, Richard
Centro de logica, epistemologia e historia da ciencia-Unicamp
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It is argued that the evolution of fundamental microphysics throughout the twentieth century is characterised by two interrelated developments. On the one hand, the experimental signatures which confirm theoretical statements are moving towards the fringes of the phenomenal world and, at the same time, leave increasingly wide spaces for entirely theoretical reasoning with little or no empirical interference. On the other hand, assessments of limitations to scientific underdetermination gain importance within the theoretical process.