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Philosophy of Science MattersThe Philosophy of Peter Achinstein$
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Gregory J. Morgan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199738625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738625.001.0001

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On the Very Idea of a Theory of Evidence

On the Very Idea of a Theory of Evidence

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(p.84) 7 On the Very Idea of a Theory of Evidence
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Philosophy of Science Matters
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Philip Kitcher (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738625.003.0007

The Book of Evidence develops a theory that provides intricate and interesting solutions to problems that have worried philosophers for several decades. For that it deserves to be celebrated. But this chapter argues that it fails to answers the “dean's challenge,” to provide a kind of understanding of evidence that working scientists will find illuminating. To do so would require a very different kind of theory that no philosopher has yet provided.

Keywords:   evidence, Achinstein, philosophy of science

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