Theory Choice and Resistance to Change

  title={Theory Choice and Resistance to Change},
  author={Andrew Lugg},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={227 - 243}
  • Andrew Lugg
  • Published 1980
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • The object of this paper is twofold: to show that resistance to scientific change on the part of scientists need signal neither irrationality nor the presence of extra-scientific influences; and to show how such resistance can be accommodated within a theory of rational choice. After considerations have been outlined suggesting that scientists cannot rationally resist new scientific theories unless theory choice is subjectivistic (section I), evidence is adduced favoring the contrary view… CONTINUE READING
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