PhilSci Archive

Notes on Mayo's Notion of Severity

Uchii, Soshichi (2001) Notes on Mayo's Notion of Severity. [Preprint]

WarningThere is a more recent version of this item available.
[img] HTML
Download (28Kb)

    Abstract

    Deborah Mayo propounded the epistemology of experiment in her Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge (1996), and the notion of severity plays an essential role in her epistemolgy. In the following two notes, I wish to point out a defect of her definition of severity, and to argue that she must revise this definition in conformity with what she actually does in her book (Note 1). The revision has some important consequence: in order to apply Mayo's severity consideration to experimental tests, we have to know all alternative hypotheses, in a given experimental situation, in advance. Mayo does not seem to recognize this, and her analysis of Perrin's experiment seems to be affected by this defect. I will present what I regard as the correct way to reconstruct Perrin's argument (Note 2).


    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:

    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Mayo, severity, Perrin
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    General Issues > Experimentation
    Depositing User: Soshichi Uchii
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 311
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/311

    Available Versions of this Item

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads