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Generalizing Empirical Adequacy I: Multiplicity and Approximation

Lutz, Sebastian (2014) Generalizing Empirical Adequacy I: Multiplicity and Approximation. [Preprint]

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I provide an explicit formulation of empirical adequacy, the central concept of constructive empiricism, and point out a number of problems. Based on one of the inspirations for empirical adequacy, I generalize the notion of a theory to avoid implausible presumptions about the relation of theoretical concepts and observations, and generalize empirical adequacy with the help of approximation sets to allow for lack of knowledge, approximations, and successive gain of knowledge and precision. As a test case, I provide an application of these generalizations to a simple interference phenomenon.


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Lutz, Sebastiansebastian.lutz@gmx.net
Additional Information: Companion piece to " Empirical Adequacy II: Partial Structures" (http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8744).
Keywords: constructive empiricism; empirical adequacy; approximation; vagueness; subtruth; subvaluation; received view; empirical substructure; empirical embedding; empirical relativized reduct
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2014 13:30
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2014 13:30
Item ID: 10553
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 5 March 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10553

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