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Experimental Localism and External Validity

Guala, Francesco (2002) Experimental Localism and External Validity. [Preprint]

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Experimental localism stresses the importance of context-specific knowledge, and the limitations of universal theories in science. I illustrate Latour's radical approach to localism and show that it has some unpalatable consequences, in particular the suggestion that problems of external validity (or how to generalise experimental results to non-laboratory circumstances) cannot be solved. In the last part of the paper I try to sketch a solution to the problem of external validity by extending Mayo's error-probabilistic approach.

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Item Type: Preprint
Guala, Francesco
Keywords: Experimentation, Economics, Medicine
Depositing User: Program Committee
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:45
Item ID: 1073

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