Generalizing empirical adequacy I: multiplicity and approximation

Synthese 191 (14):3195-3225 (2014)
Abstract
I provide an explicit formulation of empirical adequacy, the central concept of constructive empiricism, and point out a number of problems. Based on one of the inspirations for empirical adequacy, I generalize the notion of a theory to avoid implausible presumptions about the relation of theoretical concepts and observations, and generalize empirical adequacy with the help of approximation sets to allow for lack of knowledge, approximations, and successive gain of knowledge and precision. As a test case, I provide an application of these generalizations to a simple interference phenomenon
Keywords Constructive empiricism  Empirical adequacy  Approximation  Approximation set  Empirical substructure  Empirical embedding   Empirical relativized reduct
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