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What's Wrong With Our Theories of Evidence?

Reiss, Julian (2014) What's Wrong With Our Theories of Evidence? THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 29 (2). pp. 283-306. ISSN 2171-679X

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This paper reviews all major theories of evidence such as the Bayesian theory, hypothetico-deductivism, satisfaction theories, error-statistics, Achinstein's explanationist theory and Cartwright's argument theory. All these theories fail to take adequate account of the context in which a hypothesis is established and used. It is argued that the context of an inquiry determines important facts about what evidence is, and how much and what kind has to be collected to establish a hypothesis for a given purpose.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Scientific method; evidence; Bayesian confirmation theory; error statistics; contextualism.
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2014 12:29
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2014 12:29
Item ID: 10869
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.10782
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 1 May 2014
Page Range: pp. 283-306
Volume: 29
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X

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