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Evidence Enriched

Boyd, Nora Mills (2018) Evidence Enriched. [Preprint]

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Traditionally, empiricism has relied on the specialness of human observation, yet science is rife with sophisticated instrumentation and techniques. The present paper advances a conception of empirical evidence applicable to actual scientific practice. I argue that this conception elucidates how the results of scientific research can be repurposed across diverse epistemic contexts—it helps to make sense of how evidence accumulates across theory change, how different evidence can be amalgamated and used jointly, and how the same evidence can be used to constrain competing theories in the service of breaking local underdetermination.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Boyd, Nora Millsnmb58@pitt.edu0000-0002-3641-8682
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science
Keywords: empiricism, evidence, data, metadata, theory change, underdetermination, accumulation, constraints, astronomy, cosmology
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Nora Boyd
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2018 18:06
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2018 18:06
Item ID: 14286
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14286

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