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Securing Scientific Evidence

Staley, Kent (2008) Securing Scientific Evidence. [Preprint]

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Evidence claims depend on fallible assumptions. Three strategies for making true evidence claims in spite of this fallibility are strengthening the support for those assumptions, weakening conclusions, and using multiple independent tests to produce robust evidence. Reliability itself, understood in frequentist terms, does not explain the usefulness of all three strategies; robustness, in particular, sometimes functions in a way that is not well-characterized in terms of reliability. I argue that, in addition to reliability, the security of evidence claims is of epistemic value, where an evidence claim is secure relative to an epistemic situation if it remains true in all scenarios that are epistemically possible relative to that epistemic situation.

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Item Type: Preprint
Staley, Kent
Keywords: evidence, robustness, reliability, security
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Kent Staley
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2011 12:26
Item ID: 4367
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: December 2008

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