Chapter

<i>Confirmation</i>

Luc Bovens and Stephan Hartmann

in Bayesian Epistemology

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269754
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269750.003.0005
 Confirmation

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Applies the models to the confirmation of scientific hypotheses by means of partially reliable test instruments. Shows that the variety-of-evidence thesis is false under certain plausible interpretations and assesses the Duhem–Quine thesis for positively relevant versus independent hypotheses and auxiliaries.

Keywords: Confirmation; Duhem–Quine thesis; hypothesis testing; reliability; variety-of-evidence thesis

Chapter.  7266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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