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General relativity and the standard model: Why evidence for one does not disconfirm the other

Jones, Nicholaos (2008) General relativity and the standard model: Why evidence for one does not disconfirm the other. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    General Relativity and the Standard Model often are touted as the most rigorously and extensively confirmed scientific hypotheses of all time. Nonetheless, these theories appear to have consequences that are inconsistent with evidence about phenomena for which, respectively, quantum effects and gravity matter. This paper suggests an explanation for why the theories are not disconfirmed by such evidence. The key to this explanation is an approach to scientific hypotheses that allows their actual content to differ from their apparent content. This approach does not appeal to ceteris-paribus qualifiers or counterfactuals or similarity relations. And it helps to explain why some highly idealized hypotheses are not treated in the way that a thoroughly refuted theory is treated but instead as hypotheses with limited domains of applicability.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
    Keywords: Confirmation; Distortion; General relativity; Standard model
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Depositing User: Nicholaos Jones
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4267
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4267

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