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Creatively Undecided: Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency

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2018.02.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Menachem Fisch, Creatively Undecided: Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 295 pp., $37.50 (pbk), ISBN 9780226514512. Reviewed by K. Brad Wray, Aarhus University Fisch aims to offer a philosophy of scientific agency. Specifically, the book is framed around developing an account of how a scientist can be persuaded to accept a new theory, one that is fundamentally different from the theory she currently accepts. Fisch argues that this is a problem that Thomas Kuhn left us with. Given Kuhn's theory of scientific change, according to which science progresses through radical revolutionary changes of theory, one needs to explain how such changes are rationally mediated. One needs to explain how reasons that are external to one's conceptual framework can move one to abandon that framework. Fisch maintains that neither Kuhn nor his successors, critics nor. . .

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