Role of Definitions in Scientific Change

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Do definitions play any distinct role in the process of scientific change, or do they only exhibit the exact same patterns as descriptive and normative theories?

There seems to be prima facie evidence to suspect that definitions play a specific role in the process of scientific change. Philosophical and historical studies of conceptual change suggest a complex underlying dynamics.12 Unearthing that dynamics is an important scientonomic task.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2018.


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  1. ^  Chi, Michelene T. H. (1992) Conceptual Change within and across Ontological Categories: Examples from Learning and Discovery in Science. In Giere (Ed.) (1992), 129-186.
  2. ^  Chi, Michelene T. H. (2008) Three Types of Conceptual Change: Belief Revision, Mental Model Transformation, and Categorical Shift. In Vosniadou (Ed.) (2008), 61-82.


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