Valter Alnis Bezerra

Affiliation: 

Universidade de São Paulo

Networks in contemporary philosophy of science: tracking the history of a theme between metaphor and structure

In this work, an attempt is made at reconstructing and interpreting a certain part of the history of a theme in contemporary philosophy of science, through a temporal window of approximately 120 years — namely, the theme of networks. The idea of a network received quite a few different formulations in the work of authors such as Duhem, Feigl, Hempel, Neurath, Quine, Thagard and the structuralist metatheory of Sneed, Moulines and others. The purpose of this work is to chart the unfoldment of this theme as it is formulated successively by means of different concepts by these authors.