Thesis ID: CBB001562758

Explanatory Models in Behavioral Endocrinology (2010)


Rolloff, Sylvia Alexis (Author)

Washington University in St. Louis

Publication Date: 2010
Physical Details: 310 pp.
Language: English

While the progress of science has been described by some as proceeding by a series of "crucial experiments," I claim that an important factor in the development of many scientific fields is that of what I call "crucial resolutions" of outstanding anomalies. In contrast to crucial experiments, crucial resolutions are proposed to solve persistent anomalies or conflicting theoretical positions - often in advance of experimental confirmation. I illustrate this point using specific examples from the history of endocrinology. I claim this general structure of explanatory models can serve as a template for philosophical and historical investigations in other scientific fields.


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Authors & Contributors
Nola, Robert
von Dietze, Erich
Norton, J. D.
Sankey, Howard
Sankey, H.
Norton, John D.
Philosophy of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science in Context
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Greenwood Publishing Group
Kluwer Academic
Columbia University Press
Methodology of science; scientific method
Philosophy of science
Experimental method
Experiments and experimentation
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Carnap, Rudolf
Popper, Karl Raimund
Feyerabend, Paul K.
Lambert, Johann Heinrich
Boyden, Alan
United States
20th century
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century, late
21st century

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