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TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

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Cracking Case Studies

Cracking Case Studies

Why They Work in Sciences such as Ecology

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(p.144) Chapter 11 Cracking Case Studies
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Tainted
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.003.0011

This chapter investigates another alternative to the dominant hypothesis-deduction method, justifying hypotheses through case studies. Although many people claim case studies cannot provide evidence of causes, this chapter disagrees. Using the case study of the Northern Spotted Owl, it examines constraints on using individual cases, then shows that provided the constraints are met, case studies can justify conclusions.

Keywords:   case study, cause, ecology, Northern Spotted Owl

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