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Tuesday, 18 November 2008
What Is Empirical Testing?
Michael Strevens, New York University, Philosophy
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning

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Abstract: I will have another go at an old question: what makes science special?  I am interested in pursuing an old answer: science is special because it puts huge emphasis on “empirical testing.” The question then becomes one of how to distinguish "empirical testing" from other good, but non-empirical, inductive reasoning (e.g., textual interpretation).  To solve this problem I'll again go retro, exploring the possibility that something in the vicinity of "instance confirmation" supplies the answer. I will even try to say why empirical testing in this sense might have some special advantages as a form of reasoning.

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