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An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science

Philip Percival

in Images of Empiricism

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218844
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.003.0006

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

 An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science

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This chapter examines the aim of science according to constructive empiricism. It argues that empirical adequacy is not the only scientific non-instrumental theoretical value. A tautologous theory is empirically adequate, and yet such a theory would not be valued in science. It further argues that the scientific evaluation of theories is context-dependent.

Keywords: science; constructive empiricism; tautologous theory; scientific evaluation

Chapter.  14439 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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