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Replicability of Experiment

Norton, John D. (2015) Replicability of Experiment. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 30 (2). pp. 229-248. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The replicability of experiment is routinely offered as the gold standard of evidence. I argue that it is not supported by a universal principle of replicability in inductive logic. A failure of replication may not impugn a credible experimental result; and a successful replication can fail to vindicate an incredible experimental result. Rather, employing a material approach to inductive inference, the evidential import of successful replication of an experiment is determined by the prevailing background facts. Commonly, these background facts do support successful replication as a good evidential guide and this has fostered the illusion of a deeper, exceptionless principle.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Norton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: experiment; repeatability; replicability; reproducibility
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 13:07
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 13:07
Item ID: 12148
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.12691
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Experimentation
Date: May 2015
Page Range: pp. 229-248
Volume: 30
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12148

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