Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Experiment: artificial bringing about of an event or artificial creation of a state for testing a hypothesis. Experiments can lead to the reformulation of the initial hypotheses and the reformulation of theories. See also theories, measuring, science, hypotheses, Bayesianism, confirmation, events, paradigm change, reference systems.
Author Item Excerpt Meta data
Hacking, Ian
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Experiments I 287
Experiment/HackingVsLakatos/HackingVsFeyerabend: an e.g. is neither a statement nor a report but an action, which is not about mere words.
I 293
E.g. Herschel’s theory of thermal radiation was (falsely) aligned with Newton, but that did not affect his observation - he noted that infrared had to be included in the white light - a previously existing theory would have prevented him from finding out - HackingVsTheory Ladenness of observation.
I 299
Observing is a skill. (HackingVsHanson?).
I 380f
Experiment/Hacking: is never repeated, always improved - an e. usually does not work, therefore observation is not so important!.
I 418
Crucial experiment/Experimentum crucis/Hacking: E.g. Michelson-Morley.

Hack I
I. Hacking
EinfĂĽhrung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften Stuttgart 1996

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-25