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Meta-Empirical Support for Eliminative Reasoning

McCoy, C.D. (2021) Meta-Empirical Support for Eliminative Reasoning. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 90. pp. 15-29.

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Eliminative reasoning is a method that has been employed in many significant episodes in the history of science. It has also been advocated by some philosophers as an important means for justifying well-established scientific theories. Arguments for how eliminative reasoning is able to do so, however, have generally relied on a too narrow conception of evidence, and have therefore tended to lapse into merely heuristic or pragmatic justifications for their conclusions. This paper shows how a broader conception of evidence not only can supply the needed justification but also illuminates the methodological significance of eliminative reasoning in a variety of contexts.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: eliminative reasoning; scientific justification; meta-empirical assessment
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2022 13:03
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2022 13:03
Item ID: 21204
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.09.002
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Date: December 2021
Page Range: pp. 15-29
Volume: 90

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