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The Uniformity Principle vs. the Disuniformity Principle

Park, Seungbae (2017) The Uniformity Principle vs. the Disuniformity Principle.


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The pessimistic induction is built upon the uniformity principle that the future resembles the past. In daily scientific activities, however, scientists sometimes rely on what I call the disuniformity principle that the future differs from the past. They do not give up their research projects despite the repeated failures. They believe that they will succeed although they failed repeatedly, and as a result they achieve what they intended to achieve. Given that the disuniformity principle is useful in certain cases in science, we might reasonably use it to infer that present theories are true unlike past theories. Hence, pessimists have the burden to show that our prediction about the fate of present theories is more likely to be true if we use the uniformity principle than if we use the disuniformity principle.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Disuniformity Principle, Pessimistic Induction, Scientific Realism, Uniformity Principle
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:08
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:08
Item ID: 15621
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2017

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