Mind 123 (490):415-436 (2014)

James Justus
Florida State University
The waning popularity of logical empiricism and the supposed discovery of insurmountable technical difficulties led most philosophers to abandon the project to formulate a formal criterion of empirical significance. Such a criterion would delineate claims that observation can confirm or disconfirm from those it cannot. Although early criteria were clearly inadequate, criticisms made of later, more sophisticated criteria were often indefensible or easily answered. Most importantly, Carnap’s last criterion was seriously misinterpreted and an amended version of it remains tenable
Keywords empirical significance  observation  testability  confirmability  cognitive significance  Carnap  Ayer  Kaplan  Hempel
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzu042
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