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Planets, pluralism, and conceptual lineage

Brusse, Carl

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Conceptual change can occur for a variety of reasons; some more scientifically significant than others. The 2006 definition of ‘planet’, which saw Pluto reclassified as a dwarf planet, is an example toward the more mundane end of the scale. I argue however that this case serves as a useful example of a related phenomenon, whereby what appears to be a single kind term conceals two or more distinct concepts with independent scientific utility. I examine the historical background to this case, as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98936
Source: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2015.11.002

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