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The role of meta-empirical theory assessment in the acceptance of atomism (2021)


The universal acceptance of atomism in physics and chemistry in the early 20th century went along with an altered view on the epistemic status of microphysical conjectures. Contrary to the prevalent understanding during the 19th century, on the new view unobservable objects could be ‘discovered’. It is argued in the present paper that this shift can be connected to the implicit integration of elements of meta-empirical theory assessment into the concept of theory confirmation.

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Authors & Contributors
Baravalle, Lorenzo
Büttner, Jochen
Coppola, Al
Dietrich, Michael R.
Fano, Vincenzo
Grantham, Todd A.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology and Philosophy
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Cambridge University Press
Edinburgh University Press
University of Toronto Press
Philosophy of science
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Development of science; change in science
Methodology of science; scientific method
Bachelard, Gaston
Boyle, Robert
Canguilhem, Georges
Cassirer, Ernst
Fraassen, Bas C. van
Galilei, Galileo
Time Periods
17th century
20th century
20th century, late
16th century
18th century
21st century

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