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Desmitificando la metáfora: postulación y plausibilidad en la construcción de teorías científicas

Desmitificando la metáfora: postulación y plausibilidad en la construcción de teorías científicas

Rubén Sampieri Cábal, “Desmitificando la metáfora: postulación y plausibilidad en la construcción de teorías científicas,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 75, no. 4 (2019): 2479–2508,

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  • Desmitificando la metáfora: postulación y plausibilidad en la construcción de teorías científicas

    Type Journal Article
    Author Rubén Sampieri Cábal
    Rights © 2019 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2019 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 75
    Issue 4
    Pages 2479-2508
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5231
    Date 2019
    Language Spanish
    Abstract Studies on metaphor and models have been receiving wider attention and getting a deeper understanding of the role these resources play in scientific theories. From Mary Hesse and Max Black´s seminal works in 1960’s a wellspring of metaphor and models accounts has raised in the fields of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Cognitive Sciences and Science Teaching. History of science has played an important role in showing the ubiquity of metaphorical process in science.  This paper aims to clarify how metaphor play that major role in the context of discovery by being one of the most reliable thought tools for scientists in “knitting” the plausible and unobservable into the previous accepted world of the theory and by generating trustworthy access to theoretical entities and fertile explanatory hypotheses. We tent to show how this was possible through a philosophical demystification of its power and function and how to a certain extent, metaphors are synthetic models and models are systematic metaphors.
    Short Title RPF
    Date Added 1/28/2020, 4:32:59 PM
    Modified 1/28/2020, 5:41:17 PM


    • cognitive role,
    • hypotheses,
    • metaphors,
    • models,
    • plausibility,
    • scientific theories


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