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Scientific rationality by degrees

Marcoci, Alexandru and Nguyen, James (2017) Scientific rationality by degrees. In: Massimi, Michela, Romeijn, MassimiJan-Willem and Schurz, Gerhard, (eds.) EPSA15 Selected Papers. European studies in philosophy of science (5). Springer International (Firm), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 321-333. ISBN 9783319537290

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-53730-6_26


In a recent paper, Okasha imports Arrow’s impossibility theorem into the context of theory choice. He shows that there is no function (satisfying certain desirable conditions) from profiles of preference rankings over competing theories, models or hypotheses provided by scientific virtues to a single all-things-considered ranking. This is a prima facie threat to the rationality of theory choice. In this paper we show this threat relies on an all-or-nothing understanding of scientific rationality and articulate instead a notion of rationality by degrees. The move from all-or-nothing rationality to rationality by degrees will allow us to argue that theory choice can be rational enough.

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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 08:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:46

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