Perspectival Instruments

Dr Ana-Maria Crețu investigates the claim that ‘scientific instruments are perspectival’ and shows that this claim is best understood as highlighting the dependence of instruments on different perspectives. When closely analysed, instead of constituting a novel epistemic challenge, this dependence can be exploited to mount novel strategies for resolving two old epistemic problems: conceptual relativism and theory ladeness. The novel content of this paper consists in articulating and developing these strategies by introducing two fine-grained notions of perspectives as the key units of analysis: ‘broad perspectives’ and ‘narrow perspectives’.

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Crețu A. (forthcoming) Perspectival Instruments, Philosophy of Science