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Le holisme de Duhem contre la thèse de Duhem-Quine

Cabot, Youri (2021) Le holisme de Duhem contre la thèse de Duhem-Quine. Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences, 8 (3). pp. 38-45. ISSN 2295-8029

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Abstract

Epistemological holism, or Duhem-Quine thesis, supports that we can’t separately test a scientific hypothesis,
but only sets of hypothesis. Therefore, in case of a test failure, we can only conclude that at least one
hypothesis from a set is falsified, but we can’t determine which one. While this thesis is common to Duhem
and Quine, we regularly overlook differences between their analysis, whereas they do not relay on the same
arguments, and they reach to conclusions that contradict each other about essential matters. I propose
in this paper to expose Duhem’s holism, and to compare it to Quine’s holism. I mainly intend to show that
Duhem’s holism does not prevent scientific hypothesis’ falsifiability.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Cabot, Youriyouricabot@hotmail.com
Keywords: epistemological holism, Duhem-Quine thesis, auxiliary hypothesis, falsifiability
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Lato Sensu
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2021 00:12
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 00:12
Item ID: 19655
Journal or Publication Title: Lato Sensu, revue de la Société de philosophie des sciences
Publisher: Société de philosophie des sciences
Official URL: https://ojs.uclouvain.be/index.php/latosensu/artic...
DOI or Unique Handle: dx.doi.org/10.20416/LSRSPS.V8I3.4
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 7 October 2021
Page Range: pp. 38-45
Volume: 8
Number: 3
ISSN: 2295-8029
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19655

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