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  1. Robert G. Hudson (2009). Faint-Hearted Anti-Realism and Knowability. Philosophia 37 (3):511-523.
    It is often claimed that anti-realists are compelled to reject the inference of the knowability paradox, that there are no unknown truths. I call those anti-realists who feel so compelled ‘faint-hearted’, and argue in turn that anti-realists should affirm this inference, if it is to be consistent. A major part of my strategy in defending anti-realism is to formulate an anti-realist definition of truth according to which a statement is true only if it is verified by someone, at some time. (...)
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  2. Robert G. Hudson (2008). Carnap's Empiricism, Lost and Found. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 43:81-88.
    Recent scholarship (by mainly Michael Friedman, but also by Thomas Uebel) on the philosophy of Rudolf Carnap covering the period from the publication of Carnap’s’ 1928 book Der Logische Aufbau der Welt through to the mid to late 1930’s has tended to view Carnap as espousing a form of conventionalism (epitomized by his adoption of the principle of tolerance) and not a form of empirical foundationalism. On this view, it follows that Carnap’s 1934 The Logical Syntax of Language is the (...)
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  3. Robert G. Hudson (2007). Annual Modulation Experiments, Galactic Models and WIMPs. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 38 (1):97-119.
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  4. Robert G. Hudson (2007). What's Really at Issue with Novel Predictions? Synthese 155 (1):1 - 20.
    In this paper I distinguish two kinds of predictivism, ‘timeless’ and ‘historicized’. The former is the conventional understanding of predictivism. However, I argue that its defense in the works of John Worrall (Scerri and Worrall 2001, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 32, 407–452; Worrall 2002, In the Scope of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 1, 191–209) and Patrick Maher (Maher 1988, PSA 1988, 1, pp. 273) is wanting. Alternatively, I promote an historicized predictivism, and briefly defend such (...)
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  5. Robert G. Hudson (2006). Pritchard's Angst. Acta Analytica 21 (3):85-92.
    In this paper, I raise some questions about Pritchard’s (2005) internalist argument for scepticism. I argue that his internalism begs the question in support of scepticism. Correlatively I advance what I take to be a better internalist argument for scepticism, one that leaves open the possibility of empirically adjudicating sceptical hypotheses. I close by discussing what it means to be an internalist.
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  6. Robert G. Hudson (2006). The Relevance of History to Philosophy of Science. Theoria 21 (2):197-212.
    My task in this paper is to defend the legitimacy of historicist philosophy of science, defined as the philosophic study of science that takes seriously case studies drawn from the practice of science. Historicistphilosophy of science suffers from what I call the ’evidence problem’. The worry is that case studies cannot qualify as rigorous evidence for the adjudication of philosophic theories. I explore the reasons why one might deny to historical cases a probative value, then reply to these reasons on (...)
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  7. Robert G. Hudson (2005). Searching for WIMPs. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (2):245-262.
    The WIMP (weakly interacting dark matter) is currently the leading candidate for what is thought to be dark matter, the cosmological material claimed to make up almost 99% of the matter of the universe and which is indiscernible by means of electromagnetic radiation. There are many research groups dedicated to experimentally isolating WIMPs, and in this paper we describe the work of three of these groups, the Saclay group, DAMA and UKDM. This exploration into the recent history of astroparticle physics (...)
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  8. Jonathan Bain, Timothy Bays, Katherine A. Brading, Stephen G. Brush, Murray Clarke, Sharyn Clough, Jonathan Cohen, Giancarlo Ghirardi, Brendan S. Gillon & Robert G. Hudson (2004). First Page Preview. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 18 (2-3).
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  9. Robert G. Hudson (2004). The Book of Evidence Peter Achinstein Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science New York: Oxford University Press, 2001, 290 Pp., $79.95. [REVIEW] Dialogue 43 (01):184-.
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  10. Robert G. Hudson (2004). The Book of Evidence. Dialogue 43 (1):184-185.
     
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  11. Robert G. Hudson (2004). The Generality Problem. Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (2):193-211.
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  12. Robert G. Hudson (2003). Novelty and the 1919 Eclipse Experiments. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 34 (1):107-129.
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  13. Robert G. Hudson (2003). Who Rules in Science? An Opinionated Guide to the Wars James Robert Brown Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001, Xi + 236 Pp., $26.00. [REVIEW] Dialogue 42 (03):616-.
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  14. Robert G. Hudson (2003). Who Rules in Science? An Opinionated Guide to the Wars. Dialogue 42 (3):616-617.
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  15. Robert G. Hudson (2001). Discoveries, When and by Whom? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (1):75-93.
    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions) and Alan Musgrave (in 'Why Did Oxygen Supplant Phlogiston?') argue that it is impossible to precisely date discovery events and precisely identify discoverers. They defend this claim mainly on the grounds that so-called discoverers have in many cases misconceived the objects of discovery. In this paper, I argue that Kuhn and Musgrave arrive at their view because they lack a substantive account of how well discoverers must be able to conceptualize discovered objects. I remedy (...)
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  16. Robert G. Hudson (2001). Lorraine Daston, Ed., Biographies of Scientific Objects Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 21 (4):249-251.
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  17. Robert G. Hudson (2000). Perceiving Empirical Objects Directly. Erkenntnis 52 (3):357-371.
    The goal of this paper is to defend the claim that there is such a thing as direct perception, where by ‘direct perception’ I mean perception unmediated by theorizing or concepts. The basis for my defense is a general philosophic perspective which I call ‘empiricist philosophy’. In brief, empiricist philosophy (as I have defined it) is untenable without the occurrence of direct perception. It is untenable without direct perception because, otherwise, one can't escape the hermeneutic circle, as this phrase is (...)
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  18. Robert G. Hudson (1999). Mesosomes: A Study in the Nature of Experimental Reasoning. Philosophy of Science 66 (2):289-309.
    Culp (1994) provides a defense for a form of experimental reasoning entitled 'robustness'. Her strategy is to examine a recent episode in experimental microbiology--the case of the mistaken discovery of a bacterial organelle called a 'mesosome'--with an eye to showing how experimenters effectively used robust experimental reasoning (or could have used robust reasoning) to refute the existence of the mesosome. My plan is to criticize Culp's assessment of the mesosome episode and to cast doubt on the epistemic significance of robustness. (...)
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  19. Robert G. Hudson (1997). Classical Physics and Early Quantum Theory: A Legitimate Case of Theoretical Underdetermination. Synthese 110 (2):217-256.
    In 1912, Henri Poincaré published an argument which apparently shows that the hypothesis of quanta is both necessary and sufficient for the truth of Planck''s experimentally corroborated law describing the spectral distribution of radiant energy in a black body. In a recent paper, John Norton has reaffirmed the authority of Poincarés argument, setting it up as a paradigm case in which empirical data can be used to definitively rule out theoretical competitors to a given theoretical hypothesis. My goal is (...)
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  20. Robert G. Hudson (1995). Leslie Stevenson and Henry Byerly, The Many Faces of Science: An Introduction to Scientists, Values, and Society Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 15 (4):292-294.
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  21. Robert G. Hudson (1994). Background Independence and the Causation of Observations. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (4):595-612.
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  22. Robert G. Hudson (1994). Empirical Constraints in the Aufbau. History of Philosophy Quarterly 11 (2):237-251.
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  23. Robert G. Hudson (1994). Reliability, Pragmatic and Epistemic. Erkenntnis 40 (1):71 - 86.
    Experimental data are often acclaimed on the grounds that they can be consistently generated. They are, it is said, reproducible. In this paper I describe how this feature of experimental-data (their pragmatic reliability) leads to their epistemic worth (their epistemic reliability). An important part of my description is the supposition that experimental procedures are to certain extent fixed and stable. Various illustrations from the actual practice of science are introduced, the most important coming at the end of the paper with (...)
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  24. Billy G. Isom & Robert G. Hudson (1983). Parasitic Freshwater Mussel Glochidia Can Grow in the Lab. Bioscience 33 (2):77-77.
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