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Title: Theory Success: Some Evaluative Clues
Authors: Caamaño, Alegre
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Universidad de Nantes (Francia)
Citation: Philosophia Scientiae, vol. 19, n.1, 71-84
Abstract: The purpose of this work is twofold: to explain some of the limitations affecting traditional approaches to theory success, and to outline a criterion for the comparative evaluation of a theory’s empirical success. Empirical adequacy, predictive power, specification of causal mechanisms, and explanatory unification are here regarded as the main, not mutually exclusive kinds of theory success. From that basis, the traditional quantitative criterion for theory success -mainly revolving around the number of a theory’s true empirical consequences-, is refined by adding some key qualitative requirements specially focused on issues regarding a theory’s scope, predictive power, and possible adhocness. A special emphasis will be placed on the following issues: a) the superiority of prediction over accommodation (Lipton 1991/2004, Foster 2002), b) the resolution of non-refuting anomalies (Laudan 2000, Kuipers 2005), and c) the limited use of ad hoc hypotheses (Thagard 1978, Leplin 1975).
Peer Review: SI
Sponsor: “La pragmática como dinamizadora del estudio de la flexibilidad semántica: contextos conversacionales y contextos teóricos” (FFI2012-33881)
Rights Owner: Universidad de Nantes
Language: eng
URI: http://uvadoc.uva.es/handle/10324/22790
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
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