Indices of theory promise

Philosophy of Science 59 (4):612-634 (1992)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Figuring prominently in their decisions regarding which theories to pursue are scientists' appeals to the promise or lack of promise of those theories. Yet philosophy of science has had little to say about how one is to assess theory promise. This essay identifies several indices that might be consulted to determine whether or not a theory is promising and worthy of pursuit. Various historical examples of appeals to such indices are introduced



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 93,031

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Promise and Pursuit of Scientific Theories.Laurie Anne Whitt - 1985 - Dissertation, The University of Western Ontario (Canada)
The value of a promise.Dennis M. Patterson - 1992 - Law and Philosophy 11 (4):385-402.
The Concept of Promise and Contract Theory.Magdalini Tsevreni - 2018 - Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 69:405-409.
Promising without Intending.David Owens - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy 105 (12):737-755.
Promise as Practice.William Joseph Vitek - 1989 - Dissertation, City University of New York


Added to PP

246 (#85,355)

6 months
23 (#125,057)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Rational endorsement.Will Fleisher - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (10):2649-2675.
Endorsement and assertion.Will Fleisher - 2021 - Noûs 55 (2):363-384.
How to endorse conciliationism.Will Fleisher - 2021 - Synthese 198 (10):9913-9939.
Pursuit and inquisitive reasons.Will Fleisher - 2022 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 94 (C):17-30.

View all 26 citations / Add more citations