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Bradley Monton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.001.0001

An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science

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(p.83) 6 An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science
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Images of Empiricism
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Philip Percival

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.003.0006

This chapter examines the aim of science according to constructive empiricism. It argues that empirical adequacy is not the only scientific non-instrumental theoretical value. A tautologous theory is empirically adequate, and yet such a theory would not be valued in science. It further argues that the scientific evaluation of theories is context-dependent.

Keywords:   science, constructive empiricism, tautologous theory, scientific evaluation

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