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Artificial Examples of Empirical Equivalence

Acuña, Pablo (2013) Artificial Examples of Empirical Equivalence. [Preprint]

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In this paper I analyze three artificial examples of empirical equivalence: van Fraassen’s alternative formulations of Newton’s theory, the Poincaré-Reichenbach argument for the conventionality of geometry; and predictively equivalent ‘systems of the world’. These examples have received attention in the philosophy of science literature because they are supposed to illustrate the connection between predictive equivalence and underdetermination of theory choice. I conclude that this view is wrong. These examples of empirical equivalence are harmless with respect to the problem of underdetermination.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Acuña, Pablop.t.acunaluongo@uu.nl
Keywords: Empirical equivalence, underdetermination, van Fraassen, conventionality of geometry, systems of the world.
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Mr. Pablo Acuña
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 07:09
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 07:09
Item ID: 9893
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9893

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