Styles of Scientific Thinking

On Hacking's Approach to Styles of Scientific Thinking

Author Info
Rong-Lin Wang and Szu-Ting Chen
Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University

I. Introduction

The main concern of our paper is this: Will the account of science fostered by Professor Hacking's recent explanatory model of the development of various 「styles of scientific thinking」 (SSTs) be acceptable to social constructivists and scientific realists (the two extremes in the debate of science)? Or, will the account be preferred by only one side? More specifically, will the account of science fostered by Hacking's new approach be more like an internal explanation of the development of science, an external explanation, or a hybrid explanation?

Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 7
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