Reading Quiz 3
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Philosophy of Science Reading Quiz 3 a. When Kuhn claims that a paradigm is not an object for replication but instead “like an accepted judicial decision in the common law,” he means that a paradigm is in a way a theory. It is frequently questioned and tested to learn more about it. A paradigm is considered an object for more articulation under more forceful conditions. b. When Kuhn says a “paradigm articulation” he means that articulated paradigms are not restricted to universal constants in science like Avogadro’s number, or Joule’s coefficient, but they may also be about quantitative laws like Coulomb’s law of electrical attraction and Boyle’s Law relating gas pressure to volume. Also, a paradigm can be qualitative as well. A paradigm made from one phenomenon is closely related to another paradigm in another phenomena. The example that Kuhn gives is that of the caloric theory of heating and cooling mixtures by change of state. Kuhn explained that heat could be released or absorbed through many different methods and through each of these methods, the same theory could be applied in several different ways. The problems of paradigm articulation are both theoretical and experimental at the same time. c. The apparatus that Coulomb used to measure the force of electrical attraction was to employ electrical theory to find out how his equipment should be built. Coulomb used a torsion balance to study the forces of attraction and repulsion of charged particles. Coulomb was not a normal scientist because he did not use information from a shared paradigm to measure the force of electrical attraction but instead created his own law based on his own studies and the torsion that he built to help with his study.
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