::: about
   ::: news
   ::: links
   ::: giving
   ::: contact

   ::: calendar
   ::: lunchtime
   ::: annual lecture series
   ::: conferences

   ::: visiting fellows 
::: postdoc fellows
   ::: resident fellows
   ::: associates

   ::: visiting fellowships
   ::: postdoc fellowships
   ::: resident fellowships
   ::: associateships

being here
   ::: visiting
   ::: the last donut
   ::: photo album

::: center home >> events >> conferences 2008-09 >> underdetermination >> abstracts

Resisting Underdetermination: Caught between the Data and the Deep Blue Sea
David Harker
Dept of Philosophy and Humanities
East Tennessee State University

Abstract: One way in which the scope of underdetermination theses might be restricted starts by drawing a distinction between the fundamental assumptions of scientific theories and what we might call ‘middle level regularities’. In this paper I take Stanford’s (2006) examples from 19th century developmental biology and argue that although Stanford seems right that an important kind of underdetermination exists at the level of fundamental claims, a significant realist thesis might still be defended if we attend to less general claims made by Darwin, Galton and Weismann.

Revised 1/6/09 - Copyright 2008