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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

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

Philip Percival

Oxford University Press

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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