Philosophy of Science 61 (4):592-607 (1994)
The underdetermination of theory by evidence must be distinguished from holism. The latter is a doctrine about the testing of scientific hypotheses; the former is a thesis about empirically adequate logically incompatible global theories or "systems of the world". The distinction is crucial for an adequate assessment of the underdetermination thesis. The paper shows how some treatments of underdetermination are vitiated by failure to observe this distinction, and identifies some necessary conditions for the existence of multiple empirically equivalent global theories. We consider how empiricists should respond to the possibility of such systems of the world
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Evidence: Fundamental Concepts and the Phenomenal Conception.Thomas Kelly - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (5):933-955.
Pierre Duhem's Good Sense as a Guide to Theory Choice.Milena Ivanova - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (1):58-64.
The Epistemic Value of Good Sense.Abrol Fairweather - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 43 (1):139-146.
Similar books and articles
Underdetermination, Realism and Empirical Equivalence.John Worrall - 2011 - Synthese 180 (2):157 - 172.
Theoreticity, Underdetermination, and the Disregard for Bizarre Scientific Hypotheses.André Kukla - 2001 - Philosophy of Science 68 (1):21-35.
Incompatible Empirically Equivalent Theories: A Structural Explication.Thomas Mormann - 1995 - Synthese 103 (2):203 - 249.
Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination.Husain Sarkar - 2000 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (2):187 – 197.
Reckoning the Shape of Everything: Underdetermination and Cosmotopology.P. D. Magnus - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (3):541-557.
Must Evidence Underdetermine Theory.John D. Norton - forthcoming - The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice:17--44.
Craig's Theorem and the Empirical Underdetermination Thesis Reassessed.Christian List - 1999 - Disputatio 7:28-39.
Epistemic Equivalence and Epistemic Incapacitation.D. Tulodziecki - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (2):313-328.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads70 ( #72,850 of 2,152,501 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #119,810 of 2,152,501 )
How can I increase my downloads?