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On the Very Idea of a Theory of Evidence

Philip Kitcher

in Philosophy of Science Matters

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199738625
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894642 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738625.003.0007
On the Very Idea of a Theory of Evidence

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The Book of Evidence develops a theory that provides intricate and interesting solutions to problems that have worried philosophers for several decades. For that it deserves to be celebrated. But this chapter argues that it fails to answers the “dean's challenge,” to provide a kind of understanding of evidence that working scientists will find illuminating. To do so would require a very different kind of theory that no philosopher has yet provided.

Keywords: evidence; Achinstein; philosophy of science

Chapter.  5354 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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