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A coherentist conception of ad hoc hypotheses

Schindler, Samuel (2017) A coherentist conception of ad hoc hypotheses. [Preprint]

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What does it mean for a hypothesis to be ad hoc? One prominent account has it that ad hoc hypotheses have no independent empirical support. Others have viewed ad hoc judgements as subjective. Here I critically review both of these views and defend my own Coherentist Conception of Ad hocness by working out its conceptual and descriptive attractions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schindler, Samuelsks@css.au.dk
Additional Information: forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Keywords: ad hoc hypothesis, confirmation; independent support; novel success; coherence
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Samuel Schindler
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 17:58
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 17:58
Item ID: 14055
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: October 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14055

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