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Modeling High-Temperature Superconductivity: Correspondence at Bay?


How does a predecessor theory relate to its successor? According to Heinz Post's General Correspondence Principle, the successor theory has to account for the empirical success of its predecessor. After a critical discussion of this principle, I outline and discuss various kinds of correspondence relations that hold between successive scientific theories. I then look in some detail at a case study from contemporary physics: the various proposals for a theory of high-temperature superconductivity. The aim of this case study is to understand better the prospects and the place of a methodological principle such as the Generalized Correspondence Principle. Generalizing from the case study, I will then argue that some such principle has to be considered, at best, as one tool that might guide scientists in their theorizing. Finally I present a tentative account of why principles such as the Generalized Correspondence Principle work so often and why there is so much continuity in scientific theorizing.Article

Hartmann, Stephan (2008) Modeling High-Temperature Superconductivity: Correspondence at Bay?


Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Citation: In L. Soler, H. Sankey and P. Hoyningen-Huene (eds.), "Rethinking Scientific Change. Stabilities, Rupture, Incommensurabilities?" (2008), 107-128.
Subjects:Philosophy
Keywords:Incommensurability, Change
Divisions:Institute of Philosophy
Collections:London Philosophy Papers
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Date Deposited:08 Oct 2010 11:57
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 07:46
ItemID:1059
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