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Delimiting the Unconceived
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Foundations of physics, ISSN 0015-9018, E-ISSN 1572-9516, Vol. 48, no 5, p. 492-506Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has been argued in Dawid (String theory and the scientific method, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, [4]) that physicists at times generate substantial trust in an empirically unconfirmed theory based on observations that lie beyond the theory's intended domain. A crucial role in the reconstruction of this argument of non-empirical confirmation is played by limitations to scientific underdetermination. The present paper discusses the question as to how generic the role of limitations to scientific underdetermination really is. It is argued that assessing such limitations is essential for generating trust in any theory's predictions, be it empirically confirmed or not. The emerging view suggests that empirical and non-empirical confirmation are more closely related to each other than one may expect at first glance.

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2018. Vol. 48, no 5, p. 492-506
Keywords [en]
Non-empirical confirmation, Confirmation, Prediction, Underdetermination
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Physical Sciences Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156593DOI: 10.1007/s10701-017-0132-1ISI: 000432187900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156593DiVA, id: diva2:1211128
Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-05-30Bibliographically approved

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