Reconstituting Phenomena.

TitleReconstituting Phenomena.
Publication TypeBook Chapter
AuthorsKronfeldner, Maria
EditorsMäki, U., I. Votsis, S. Ruphy, and G. Schurz
Book TitleRecent Developments in the Philosophy of Science: EPSA13 Helsinki.
Year2015
Pages169-182
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationCham
SeriesEuropean Studies in Philosophy of Science
Series Number1
Languageeng
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-23015-3_13
Publisher linkhttp://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319230146
Abstract

In the face of causal complexity, scientists reconstitute phenomena in order to arrive at a more simplified and partial picture that ignores most of the ?bigger picture.? This paper will distinguish between two modes of reconstituting phenomena: one moving down to a level of greater decomposition (toward organizational parts of the original phenomenon), and one moving up to a level of greater abstraction (toward different differences regarding the phenomenon). The first aim of the paper is to illustrate that phenomena are moving targets, i.e., they are not fixed once and for all, but are adapted, if necessary, on the basis of the preferred perspective adopted for pragmatic reasons. The second aim is to analyze in detail the second mode of reconstituting phenomena. This includes an exposition of the kind of pragmatic-pluralistic picture resulting from the fact that phenomena are reconstituted by a move up to a level of greater abstraction.

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