Corroboration and auxiliary hypotheses : Duhem's thesis revisited
Corroboration, Falsificationism, Duhem's thesis, Quine-Duhem thesis, Confirmation, Popper
This paper argues that Duhem’s thesis does not decisively refute a corroboration-based account of scientific methodology (or ‘falsificationism’), but instead that auxiliary hypotheses are themselves subject to measurements of corroboration which can be used to inform practice. It argues that a corroboration-based account is equal to the popular Bayesian alternative, which has received much more recent attention, in this respect.
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Rowbottom, D. P. (2010). Corroboration and auxiliary hypotheses: Duhem's thesis revisited. Synthese, 177(1), 139-149. doi: 10.1007/s11229-009-9643-4