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Meta-Empirical Support for Eliminative Reasoning

McCoy, C.D. (2020) Meta-Empirical Support for Eliminative Reasoning. [Preprint]

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Eliminative reasoning is a method that has been employed in many significant episodes in the history of science. It has also been advocated by some philosophers as an important means for justifying well-established scientific theories. Arguments for how eliminative reasoning is able to do so, however, have generally relied on a too narrow conception of evidence, and have therefore tended to lapse into merely heuristic or pragmatic justifications for their conclusions. This paper shows how a broader conception of evidence, one that specifically acknowledges the relevance of meta-empirical evidence, not only can supply the needed justification but also illuminates the methodological significance of eliminative reasoning in a variety of contexts.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: eliminative reasoning; scientific justification; meta-empirical assessment
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 13:44
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 13:44
Item ID: 18316
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: 3 October 2020

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