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Underdetermination as an Epistemological Test Tube: Expounding Hidden Values of the Scientific Community

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Title Underdetermination as an Epistemological Test Tube: Expounding Hidden Values of the Scientific Community
 
Creator Carrier, Martin
 
Subject Theory Change
Theory/Observation
Values In Science
Realism/Anti-realism
 
Description Duhem-Quine underdetermination plays a constructive role in epistemology by pinpointing the impact of non-empirical virtues or cognitive values on theory choice. Underdetermination thus contributes to illuminating the nature of scientific rationality. Scientists prefer and accept one account among empirical equivalent alternatives. The non-empirical virtues operating in science are laid open in such theory choice decisions. The latter act as an epistemological test tube in making explicit commitments to how scientific knowledge should be like.
 
Date 2009-01-01
 
Type Conference Paper
 
Identifier http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/00004653/
 
Format pdf http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/archive/00004653/01/CarrierUnderdetermination.pdf