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Is fertility virtuous in its own right?

D Nolan

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 50, issue 2, pages 265-282
Published in print June 1999 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 1999 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/50.2.265
Is fertility virtuous in its own right?

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Fertility (or fruitfulness or fecundity) is often listed among the virtues which are desirable for scientific theories to possess. In this paper I discuss the several species of theoretical virtues called 'fertility', and argue in each case that the desirability of 'fertility' can be explicated in terms of other, more fundamental theoretical virtues.

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