Error and Inference: Recent Exchanges on Experimental by Deborah G. Mayo, Aris Spanos

By Deborah G. Mayo, Aris Spanos

Even if either philosophers and scientists have an interest in the way to receive trustworthy wisdom within the face of mistakes, there's a hole among their views that has been a disadvantage to development. via a sequence of exchanges among the editors and leaders from philosophy of technology, information, and economics, this quantity bargains a cumulative creation connecting difficulties of conventional philosophy of technological know-how to difficulties of inference in statistical and empirical modeling perform. Philosophers of technological know-how and clinical practitioners are challenged to reevaluate the assumptions in their personal theories - philosophical or methodological. Practitioners could larger enjoy the foundational matters round which their questions revolve and thereby develop into larger "applied philosophers." Conversely, new avenues emerge for ultimately fixing recalcitrant philosophical difficulties of induction, clarification, and concept checking out.

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Mayo of scientific practice. After all, these philosophers point out, scientists set about probing and testing theories in areas beyond those in which they have been well tested. While this is obviously true, we question why it is supposed that in doing so scientists are implicitly accepting all of the theory in question. On the contrary, we argue, this behavior of scientists seems to underscore the importance of distinguishing areas that are from those that are not (thus far) well tested; such a distinction would be blurred if a full theory is accepted when only portions have been well probed.

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Error, Severe Testing, and the Growth of Theoretical Knowledge 31 Thus, we accept the challenge in the epigraph, but in addition wish to “raise the stakes” on what an adequate account of theory appraisal should provide. More than affording an after-the-fact reconstruction of past cases of theory appraisal, an adequate account should give forward-looking methods for making progress in both building and appraising theories. We begin in Section 2 by considering the severity account of evidence; then in Section 3, we consider some implications for high-level theory.

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