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Faraday to Einstein


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I. The Philosophical Situation: A Critical Appraisal.- 1: The `standard' account of meaning.- 1.1 General characterization.- 1.1 The `double-language' view.- 2: `Meaning variance' and `incommensurability'.- 2.1 The `network' view.- 2.2 Shipwrecked.- 2.3 Is there meaning after Feyerabend?.- II. The Scientific Situation: An Historical Analysis.- 3: Faraday's `lines of force'.- 3.1 Initial conception.- 3.2 Electromagnetic rotations.- 3.3 Electromagnetic induction.- 3.4 Electrostatic induction.- 3.5 Magnetic induction.- 3.6 The aether.- 3.7 Summary: Faraday's concept of field.- 4: Maxwell's `Newtonian aether-field'.- 4.1 The "representative lines of force".- 4.2 The method of "physical analogy".- 4.3 The "physical lines of force".- 4.4 `Mechanical' to `dynamical'.- 4.5 Summary: Maxwell's concept of field.- 5: Lorentz' `non-Newtonian aether-field'.- 5.1 An enigmatic scientist.- 5.2 Rapprochement.- 5.3 The immobile aether.- 5.4 Lorentz' interpretation of the `Lorentz transformations'.- 5.5 Summary: L'ether pour toujours.- 6: Einstein's `field'.- 6.1 Critical reflections.- 6.2 `Electromagnetic field' in the special theory.- 6.3 Introduction: The gravitational field concept.- III. The Making of Meaning: A Proposal.- 7: Meaning in scientific practice.- 7.1 Constructing the field concept.- 7.2 `Meaning schemata' and commensurability.- Notes.

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