Hoyningen-Huene, Paul (2009) Reconsidering the Miracle Argument on the Supposition of Transient Underdetermination. In:  Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination Workshop (Düsseldorf April 10-12, 2008).
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In this paper, I will show that the Miracle Argument is unsound if one assumes a certain form of transient underdetermination. For this aim, I will first discuss and formalize several variants of underdetermination, especially that of transient underdetermination, by means of measure theory. I will then formalize a popular and persuasive form of the Miracle Argument that is based on “use novelty”. I will then proceed to the proof that the miracle argument is unsound by means of a mathematical example. Finally, I will expose two hidden presuppositions of the Miracle Argument that make it so immensely though deceptively persuasive.
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|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Keywords:||no miracles argument, underdetermination, novel prediction, use novelty.|
|Subjects:||General Issues > Theory Change|
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination Workshop (Düsseldorf April 10-12, 2008)|
|Depositing User:||Ioannis Votsis|
|Date Deposited:||28 May 2009|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:18|
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