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The Book of Evidence$
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Peter Achinstein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195143892.001.0001

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The Dean's Challenge

The Dean's Challenge

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(p.3) 1 The Dean's Challenge
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The Book of Evidence
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Peter Achinstein (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195143892.003.0001

The claim is made that standard philosophical accounts of evidence are and ought to be ignored by scientists for two reasons. First, they are too weak, allowing facts to count as evidence for hypotheses even if they provide no reason whatever for believing those hypotheses. Second, they mistakenly make the question of whether a fact is evidence for a hypothesis settleable entirely a priori, by calculation, whereas, in general, this is an empirical issue.

Keywords:   a priori assumption, evidence, weakness assumption

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