Corroboration and Auxiliary Hypotheses: Duhem's Thesis Revisited

Synthese 177 (1):139-149 (2010)

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Darrell P. Rowbottom
Lingnan University
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This paper argues that Duhem’s thesis does not decisively refute a corroboration-based account of scientific methodology (or ‘falsificationism’), but instead that auxiliary hypotheses are themselves subject to measurements of corroboration which can be used to inform practice. It argues that a corroboration-based account is equal to the popular Bayesian alternative, which has received much more recent attention, in this respect.
Keywords Corroboration  Falsificationism  Duhem's Thesis  Quine-Duhem Thesis  Confirmation  Popper
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-009-9643-4
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The Logic of Scientific Discovery.Karl Popper - 1959 - Studia Logica 9:262-265.
The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory.Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem - 1954 - Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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Kuhn Vs. Popper on Criticism and Dogmatism in Science: A Resolution at the Group Level.Darrell Patrick Rowbottom - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 42 (1):117-124.

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