PhilSci Archive

A Contractarian Solution to the Experimenter’s Regress

Teira, David (2013) A Contractarian Solution to the Experimenter’s Regress. Philosophy of Science, 80 (5). pp. 709-720. ISSN 0031-8248

TeiraPSA2012.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives.

Download (127kB) | Preview


Debiasing procedures are experimental methods aimed at correcting errors arising from the cognitive biases of the experimenter. We will discuss two of these methods, the predesignation rule and randomization, showing to what extent they are open to the experimenter’s regress: there is no meta-rule to prove that, after implementing the procedure, the experimental data are actually free from biases. We claim that, from a contractarian perspective these procedures are nonetheless defensible, since they provide a warrant of the impartiality of the experiment: we only need a proof that the result has not been intentionally manipulated for a prima facie acceptance.

Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Teira, David
Keywords: experimenter's regress randomization contractarian epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: Prof. David Teira
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 12:24
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 12:24
Item ID: 18149
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Official URL:
DOI or Unique Handle:
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Date: 2013
Page Range: pp. 709-720
Volume: 80
Number: 5
ISSN: 0031-8248

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item