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Delimiting the Unconceived

Dawid, Richard (2017) Delimiting the Unconceived. [Preprint]

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It has been argued in Dawid (2013) that physicists at times generate substantial trust in an empirically unconfirmed theory based on observations that lie beyond the theory's intended domain. A crucial role in the reconstruction of this argument of "non-empirical confirmation" is played by limitations to scientific underdetermination. The present paper discusses the question as to how generic the role of limitations to scientific underdetermination really is. It is argued that assessing such limitations is essential for generating trust in any theory's predictions, be it empirically confirmed or not. The emerging view suggests that empirical and non-empirical confirmation
are more closely related to each other than one may expect at first glance.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Additional Information: to be published in Foundations of Physics
Keywords: confirmation, underdetermination, physics, Bayesianism, prediction
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 17:52
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 17:52
Item ID: 14230
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10701-017-0132-1
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: December 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14230

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