David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (2):165 – 183 (2008)
Allan Franklin has identified a number of strategies that scientists use to build confidence in experimental results. This paper shows that Franklin's strategies have direct analogues in the context of computer simulation and then suggests that one of his strategies—the so-called 'Sherlock Holmes' strategy—deserves a privileged place within the epistemologies of experiment and simulation. In particular, it is argued that while the successful application of even several of Franklin's other strategies (or their analogues in simulation) may not be sufficient for justified belief in results, the successful application of a slightly elaborated version of the Sherlock Holmes strategy is sufficient.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Donald Thomas Campbell (1966). Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research. Chicago, R. Mcnally.
Allan Franklin (2002). Selectivity and Discord: Two Problems of Experiment. University of Pittsburgh Press.
Allan Franklin & Colin Howson (1988). It Probably is a Valid Experimental Result: A Bayesian Approach to the Epistemology of Experiment. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 19 (4):419-427.
Peter Galison (1990). How Experiments End. Journal of Philosophy 87 (2):103-106.
Francesco Guala (2003). Experimental Localism and External Validity. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1195-1205.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
By Nick Bostrom (2003). Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Philosophical Quarterly 53 (211):243–255.
Eric Winsberg (2009). Computer Simulation and the Philosophy of Science. Philosophy Compass 4 (5):835-845.
Klaus Jaffe (1999). On the Adaptive Value of Some Mate Selection Strategies. Acta Biotheoretica 47 (1):29-40.
Jordi Fernández (2003). Explanation by Computer Simulation in Cognitive Science. Minds and Machines 13 (2):269-284.
Holmes Miller & Kurt J. Engemann (2004). A Simulation Model of Intergroup Conflict. Journal of Business Ethics 50 (4):355-367.
Ronald N. Giere (2009). Is Computer Simulation Changing the Face of Experimentation? Philosophical Studies 143 (1):59 - 62.
Margaret Morrison (2009). Models, Measurement and Computer Simulation: The Changing Face of Experimentation. Philosophical Studies 143 (1):33 - 57.
Wendy S. Parker (2009). Does Matter Really Matter? Computer Simulations, Experiments, and Materiality. Synthese 169 (3):483 - 496.
Wendy S. Parker (2008). Computer Simulation Through an Error-Statistical Lens. Synthese 163 (3):371 - 384.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads49 ( #52,341 of 1,699,442 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #161,079 of 1,699,442 )
How can I increase my downloads?