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The probabilities of hypothesis in the works of Charles Bonnet (1720-1793)

ContributorsRatcliff, Marc
Published inArchives des sciences, vol. 50, no. 3, p. 197-205
Publication date1997
Abstract

This paper studies the language of the hypothesis and probabilities as used by the genevan naturalist and philosopher Charles Bonnet In his early works (1745-1754). Much concerned with experimentalism, he does not almost use this language, whereas he employs it in his works of maturity (1762-1783). The paper relates this emergence of a "doctrine of probability and hypothesis" to the Eighteenth Century shared language of scholars, as well as to the bonnetian project of grounding a logic for experimentation

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Keywords
  • Charles Bonnet
  • History of science
  • History of methodology
  • Shared scientific language
  • Probability
  • Hypothesis
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RATCLIFF, Marc. The probabilities of hypothesis in the works of Charles Bonnet (1720-1793). In: Archives des sciences, 1997, vol. 50, n° 3, p. 197–205.
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ISSN of the journal1661-464X
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