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Experimental realism defended: how inference to the most likely cause might be sound

Suárez, Mauricio (2006) Experimental realism defended: how inference to the most likely cause might be sound. Technical Report (01/06). Contingency And Dissent in Science Project, CPNSS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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On a purely epistemic understanding of experimental realism, manipulation affords a particularly robust kind of causal warrant, which is – like any other warrant – defeasible. I defend a version of Nancy Cartwright’s inference to the most likely cause, and I conclude that this minimally epistemic version of experimental realism is a coherent, adequate and plausible epistemology for science.

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Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2020 00:07

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