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Testability and Viability: Is Inflationary Cosmology "Scientific"?

Dawid, Richard and McCoy, C.D. (2021) Testability and Viability: Is Inflationary Cosmology "Scientific"? [Preprint]

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Abstract

We provide a philosophical reconstruction and analysis of the debate on the scientific status of cosmic inflation that has played out in recent years. In a series of critical papers, Ijjas et al. have questioned the scientificality of the current views on cosmic inflation. Proponents of cosmic inflation have in turn defended the scientific credentials of their approach. We argue that, while this defense, narrowly construed, is successful against Ijjas et al., the latters' reasoning does point to a significant epistemic issue that arises with respect to inflation. A broadening of the concept of theory assessment is needed to address that issue in an adequate way.


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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@univie.ac.at
McCoy, C.D.casey.mccoy@yonsei.ac.kr0000-0002-7921-4911
Keywords: cosmic inflation; scientificality; theory assessment
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Evidence
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2021 13:52
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2021 13:52
Item ID: 19335
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Evidence
Date: 11 June 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19335

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