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Observation versus experiment: an adequate framework for analysing scientific experimentation?

Malik, Saira 2017. Observation versus experiment: an adequate framework for analysing scientific experimentation? Journal for General Philosophy of Science 48 , pp. 71-95. 10.1007/s10838-016-9335-y

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Abstract

Observation and experiment as categories for analysing scientific practice have a long pedigree in writings on science. There has, however, been little attempt to delineate observation and experiment with respect to analysing scientific practice; in particular, scientific experimentation, in a systematic manner. Someone who has presented a systematic account of observation and experiment as categories for analysing scientific experimentation is Ian Hacking. In this paper, I present a detailed analysis of Hacking’s observation versus experiment account. Using a range of cases from various fields of scientific enquiry, I argue that the observation versus experiment account is not an adequate framework for delineating scientific experimentation in a systematic manner.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy of experiment; Ian Hacking; Observation; Experiment Scientific experimentation � Scientific practice
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0925-4560
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 September 2016
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 14:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94466

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