Derivational robustness and indirect confirmation

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Abstract

Derivational robustness may increase the degree to which various pieces of evidence indirectly confirm a robust result. There are two ways in which this increase may come about. First, if one can show that a result is robust, and that the various individual models used to derive it also have other confirmed results, these other results may indirectly confirm the robust result. Confirmation derives from the fact that data not known to bear on a result are shown to be relevant when it is shown to be robust. Second, robustness may increase the degree to which the robust result is indirectly confirmed if it increases the weight with which existing evidence indirectly confirms it. This may happen when it strengthens the connection between the core and the robust result by showing that auxiliaries are not responsible for the result.

Original languageEnglish
JournalErkenntnis
Volume83
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)539-576
Number of pages38
ISSN0165-0106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • CLIMATE MODELS
  • OLD EVIDENCE
  • HYPOTHETICO-DEDUCTIVISM
  • EMPIRICAL EQUIVALENCE
  • POPULATION BIOLOGY
  • PREDICTIONS
  • SCIENCE
  • UNDERDETERMINATION
  • PROJECTIONS
  • ENSEMBLE

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