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Using Inferential Robustness to Establish the Security of an Evidence Claim

Staley, Kent (2011) Using Inferential Robustness to Establish the Security of an Evidence Claim. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Evidence claims depend on fallible assumptions. This paper discusses inferential robustness as a strategy for justifying evidence claims in spite of this fallibility. I argue that robustness can be understood as a means of establishing the partial security of evidence claims. 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
    Keywords: evidence, robustness, security, reliability, dark matter, experiment
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    General Issues > Experimentation
    Depositing User: Kent Staley
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 08:26
    Last Modified: 27 Sep 2011 08:26
    Item ID: 8809
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8809

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