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Narratives and Comparisons: Adversaries or Allies in Understanding Science? (2021)


As a powerful tool in the production of knowledge, comparing plays a crucial part in the sciences and the humanities. This volume explores the relationship between comparing and narrating in epistemic practices and clarifies the ways in which narratives enable or impede practices of comparing. It takes into account related activities, such as measuring and classifying, modeling, establishing norms and categories, as well as organizing and popularizing knowledge, to analyze the ambivalent relationship between narratives, scientific explanation, and understanding. The contributions bring out the epistemic role of narratives, and elucidate how narratives are connected to comparisons and scientific explanations.

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Authors & Contributors
McGuire, James E.
Tuchanska, Barbara
McGuire, J. E.
Nersessian, Nancy J.
Magnani, Lorenzo
Haddock, Adrian
Studies in History and 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 Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Ohio University Press
Kluwer Academic
Cambridge University Press
Prometheus Books
University of Maryland, College Park
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Sociology of knowledge
Models and modeling in science
History of science, as a discipline
Popper, Karl Raimund
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Laudan, Larry
Fraassen, Bas C. van
Canguilhem, Georges
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early

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