Measurement, Justification, and Scientific Progress

Hasok Chang

in Inventing Temperature

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171273
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835003 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Measurement, Justification, and Scientific Progress

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This chapter argues that in attempting to justify measurement methods, a circularity inherent in empiricist foundationalism is found. Dealing with this circularity means accepting it and admitting that justification in empirical science must be coherentist. Within such coherentism, epistemic iteration provides an effective method of scientific progress, resulting in the enrichment and self-correction of the initially affirmed system.

Keywords: measurement methods; justification; foundationalism; coherentist

Chapter.  7950 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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