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Experimental Localism and External Validity

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

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    Abstract

    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
    Keywords: Experimentation, Economics, Medicine
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1073
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1073

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