Conceptual Change and Tool Development: The Challenges of the Neurosciences to the Philosophy of Scientific Revolutions


  • Sergio Daniel Barberis CONICET-UNQ / UBA / UDESA



scientific revolution, conceptual change, tool development, Golgi’s method, neuron doctrine


The determining role that tool development plays in neuroscientific progress poses special challenges to the Kuhnian-rooted philosophy of scientific change. Some philosophers of neuroscience argue that revolutions in neuroscience do not involve paradigm shifts, but instead depend exclusively on technical or experimental innovation. By studying the historical episode of the discovery of the neuron (1873-1909), I argue that revolutions in neuroscience, like many other laboratory revolutions, are frequently driven by the intertwining of technical innovations and conceptual change.


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2022-12-01 — Updated on 2022-12-02

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Barberis, S. D. (2022). Conceptual Change and Tool Development: The Challenges of the Neurosciences to the Philosophy of Scientific Revolutions. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (20), 165–181.



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