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Nachsicht oder üble Nachrede? Putnam und das Problem der Theoriendynamik

Carsten Köllmann
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 58, No. 1 (Jan., 2003), pp. 47-70
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20013176
Page Count: 24
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Nachsicht oder üble Nachrede? Putnam und das Problem der Theoriendynamik
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Abstract

The article deals with problems of incommensurability and meaning change in the context of scientific dynamics. Its main topic is a proposal made by Putnam based on his version of the principle of charity. It is shown that this proposal does not work as a general principle for the understanding of theory change, for it leads in some cases to an unconvincing interpretation of now discarded theories and is even uncharitable. So it could be polemically described as a kind of defamation ('üble Nachrede') of these theories. This will be demonstrated in two case studies. The first one sketches the development of economic value theory, while the second deals with the development of the concept of probability.

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