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The Significance of Non-Empirical Confirmation in Fundamental Physics

Dawid, Richard (2017) The Significance of Non-Empirical Confirmation in Fundamental Physics. [Preprint]

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In the absence of empirical confirmation, scientists may judge a theory's chances of being viable based on a wide range of arguments. The paper argues that such arguments can differ substantially with regard to their structural similarly to empirical confirmation. Arguments that resemble empirical confirmation in a number of crucial respects provide a better basis for reliable judgement and can, in a Bayesian sense, amount to significant \textit{non-empirical} confirmation. It is shown that three kinds of non-empirical confirmation that have been specified in earlier work do satisfy those conditions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Keywords: non-empirical confirmation, Bayesianism, high energy physics, string theory, confirmation, underdetermination
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2017 15:56
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2017 15:56
Item ID: 12791
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12791

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