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Book of Evidence

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ISBN-10: 0195171713

ISBN-13: 9780195171716

Edition: 2004

Authors: Peter Achinstein

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What is required for something to be evidence for a hypothesis? In this fascinating, elegantly written work, distinguished philosopher of science Peter Achinstein explores this question, rejecting typical philosophical and statistical theories of evidence. He claims these theories are much too weak to give scientists what they want--a good reason to believe--and, in some cases, they furnish concepts that mistakenly make all evidential claims a priori. Achinstein introduces four concepts of evidence, defines three of them by reference to "potential" evidence, and characterizes the latter using a novel epistemic interpretation of probability. The resulting theory is then applied to…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

The Dean's Challenge
Concepts of Evidence, or How the Electron Got Its Charge
Two Major Probabilistic Theories of Evidence
What's Wrong with These Probabilistic Theories of Evidence?
Objective Epistemic Probability
Evidence, High Probability, and Belief
The Explanatory Connection
Final Definitions and Realism
Two Paradoxes of Evidence: Ravens and Grue
Explanation versus Prediction: Which Carries More Evidential Weight?
Old-Age and New-Age Holism
Evidence for Molecules: Jean Perrin and Molecular Reality
Who Really Discovered the Electron?
Index