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From Hacking's Plurality of Styles of Scientific Reasoning to ? Foliated ? Pluralism, a Philosophically Robust Form of Ontologico-Methodological Pluralism

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This paper aims at proposing a "Philosophically Robust" form of scientific pluralism that captures essential features of contemporary scientific practice largely ignored by the various forms of scientific pluralism currently discussed by philosophers. The authors starting point is Hacking's concept of style of scientific reasoning. The result is "foliated pluralism", which puts to the fore the Tran disciplinary and cumulative ways of proceeding in science, as well as the historical dimension of the genesis of scientific objects.

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