Continuous versions of Haack’s Puzzles: Equilibria, Eigen-States and Ontologies
This article discusses some continuous limit cases of Susan Haack’s crossword puzzle metaphor for the coherent development and foundation of science. The main objective of this discussion is to build a bridge between Haack’s foundherentism and the epistemological framework of objective cognitive constructivism, including its key metaphor of objects as tokens for eigen-solutions. The historical development of chemical affinity tables is used to illustrate our arguments.
Keywords: Bayesian statistics; Cognitive constructivism; Eigen-solutions; Foundherentism; Invariant entities; Münchhausen trilemma; Objectivity criteria; Ontology; Statistical significance.