Kuhn’s Theory-Choice. A Discussion on the Methodology of Current Science

Author/s Valeriano Iranzo
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/94
Language Spanish Pages 27 P. 5-31 File size 190 KB
DOI 10.3280/SR2011-094001
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According to Thomas Kuhn, theory-choice is guided by a set of shared values. However, scientists differ concerning the way these values are interpreted. They also differ about the respective weight given to those values. Kuhn’s conclusion is, then, that theory-choice is an inherently subjective decision. By taking into account recent methodological practice, this essay argues that subjectivism can be minimized. Model-selection and Bayesian inference are subsequently considered. Criteria for comparing models show that values are not independently pursued while Bayesian inferential apparatus can be applied so that subjective factors are partially neutralized.

Valeriano Iranzo, Kuhn sobre la elección de teorías. Una discusión desde la metodología de la ciencia actual in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 94/2011, pp 5-31, DOI: 10.3280/SR2011-094001