Testing Scientific Theories: 10 John Earman

ISBN: 9780816611584

Published: October 1st 1984

Hardcover

493 pages


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Testing Scientific Theories: 10  by  John Earman

Testing Scientific Theories: 10 by John Earman
October 1st 1984 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 493 pages | ISBN: 9780816611584 | 5.68 Mb

Testing Scientific Theories was first published in 1984. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.MoreTesting Scientific Theories was first published in 1984. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Since much of a scientists work consists of constructing arguments to show how experiments and observation bear on a particular theory, the methodologies of theory testing and their philosophical underpinnings are of vital concern to philosophers of science.

Confirmation of scientific theories is the topic of Clark Glymours important book Theory and Evidence,published in 1980. His negative thesis is that the two most widely discussed accounts of the methodology of theory testing - hypothetico-deductivism and Bayesianism - are flawed. The issues Glymour raises and his alternative bootstrapping method provided the focus for a conference sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and for this book.

As editor John Earman says in his preface, the papers presented in Testing Scientific Theories germinate so many new ideas that philosophers of science will reap the harvest for years to come.Topics covered include a discussion of Glymours bootstrapping theory of confirmation, the Bayesian perspective and the problems of old evidence, evidence and explanation, historical case studies, alternative views on testing theories, and testing particular theories, including psychoanalytic hypotheses and hypotheses about the completeness of the fossil record.



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