Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A.s.a. H.'s reasoning styles

Crombie and Hacking have suggested that human scientists employ various different "reasoning styles:"

1. making postulates
2. measuring, experimenting
3. making/using analogical models
4. making taxonomies and comparisons
5. using statistics/probability
6. following genetic/historical development
7. isolate and purify phenomena

Ruphy* discusses further categorization (ontological enrichment) and representational pluralism.

A.s.a. H. has performed all of these operations.

* Scientific Pluralism Reconsidered, U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2017. See pages 23, 31, and 110.

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