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Is Science Inconsistent?

Bueno, Otávio; Vickers, Peter

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Otávio Bueno


There has always been interest in inconsistency in science, not least within science itself as scientists strive to devise a consistent picture of the universe. Some important early landmarks in this history are Copernicus’s criticism of the Ptolemaic picture of the heavens, Galileo’s claim that Aristotle’s theory of motion was inconsistent, and Berkeley’s claim that the early calculus was inconsistent. More recent landmarks include the classical theory of the electron, Bohr’s theory of the atom, and the on-going difficulty of reconciling Einstein’s general relativity and quantum theory. But over the past few decades philosophers have taken a particular and increasing interest in inconsistency in science. In 2002 this culminated in the first collection of articles specifically dedicated to the topic: Inconsistency in Science, edited by Joke Meheus, published by Kluwer, and featuring twelve articles on a range of topics in the philosophy of science and mathematics. Since then philosophic ...


Bueno, O., & Vickers, P. (2014). Is Science Inconsistent?. Synthese, 191(13), 2887-2889.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 27, 2015
Journal Synthese
Print ISSN 0039-7857
Electronic ISSN 1573-0964
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 191
Issue 13
Pages 2887-2889
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