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The Unity of Robustness: Why Agreement Across Model Reports is Just as Valuable as Agreement Among Experiments

Dethier, Corey (2022) The Unity of Robustness: Why Agreement Across Model Reports is Just as Valuable as Agreement Among Experiments. Erkenntnis.

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Abstract

A number of philosophers of science have argued that there are important differences between robustness in modeling and experimental contexts, and---in particular---many of them have claimed that the former is non-confirmatory. In this paper, I argue for the opposite conclusion: robust hypotheses are confirmed under conditions that do not depend on the differences between and models and experiments---that is, the degree to which the robust hypothesis is confirmed depends on precisely the same factors in both situations. The positive argument turns on the fact that confirmation theory doesn't recognize a difference between different sources of evidence. Most of the paper is devoted to rebutting various objections designed to show that it should. I end by explaining why philosophers of science have (often) gone wrong on this point.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Dethier, Coreycorey.dethier@gmail.com0000-0002-1240-8391
Keywords: robustness; variation in evidence; models; experiments; unification
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Corey Dethier
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2022 14:06
Item ID: 21570
Journal or Publication Title: Erkenntnis
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10670-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-022-00649-0
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21570

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