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The semantic view, empirical adequacy, and application

Suárez, Mauricio (2005) The semantic view, empirical adequacy, and application. Crítica: Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, 37 (109). pp. 29-63. ISSN 0011-1503

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Abstract

It is widely accepted in contemporary philosophy of science that the domain of application of a theory is typically larger than its explanatory covering power: theories can be applied to phenomena that they do not explain. I argue for an analogous thesis regarding the notion of empirical adequacy. A theory’s domain of application is typically larger than its domain of empirical adequacy: theories are often applied to phenomena from which they receive no empirical confirmation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://critica.filosoficas.unam.mx/pg/en/index.php
Additional Information: © 2005 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 15:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33271/

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