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Testing Scientific Theories was first published in 1984. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Since much of a scientist's work consists of constructing arguments to show how experiments and observation bear on a particular theory, the methodologies of theory testing and their philosophical underpinnings are of vital concern to philosophers of science. Confirmation of scientific theories is the topic of Clark Glymour's important book Theory and Evidence,published in 1980. His negative thesis is that the two most widely discussed accounts of the methodology of theory testing - hypothetico-deductivism and Bayesianism - are flawed. The issues Glymour raises and his alternative "bootstrapping" method provided the focus for a conference sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science and for this book. As editor John Earman says in his preface, the papers presented in Testing Scientific Theories germinate so many new ideas that philosophers of science will reap the harvest for years to come.

Topics covered include a discussion of Glymour's bootstrapping theory of confirmation, the Bayesian perspective and the problems of old evidence, evidence and explanation, historical case studies, alternative views on testing theories, and testing particular theories, including psychoanalytic hypotheses and hypotheses about the completeness of the fossil record.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. I . Glymour's Bootstrapping Theory of Confirmation
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. "On Testing and Evidence"
  2. Clark Glymour
  3. pp. 3-26
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  1. "Theory Comparison and Relevant Evidence"
  2. Bas C. van Fraassen
  3. pp. 27-42
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  1. "Bootstrapping without Bootstraps"
  2. Aron Edidin
  3. pp. 43-54
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  1. "Explanations of Irrelevance"
  2. Paul Harwich
  3. pp. 55-66
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  1. II. The Bayesian Perspective and the Problem of Old Evidence
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. "Why Glymour Is a Bayesian"
  2. Roger Rosenkrantz
  3. pp. 69-98
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  1. "Old Evidence and Logical Omniscience in Bayesian Confirmation Theory"
  2. Daniel Garber
  3. pp. 99-132
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  1. "Bayesianism with a Human Face"
  2. Richard Jeffrey
  3. pp. 133-156
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  1. "Three Ways to Give a Probability Assignment a Memory"
  2. Brian Skyrms
  3. pp. 157-162
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  1. III. Evidence and Explanation
  2. pp. 163-164
  1. "Glymour on Evidence and Explanation"
  2. Bas C. van Fraassen
  3. pp. 165-176
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  1. IV. Historical Case Studies
  2. pp. 177-178
  1. "Newton's Demonstration of Universal Gravitation and Philosophical Theories of Confirmation"
  2. Ronald Laymon
  3. pp. 179-200
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  1. "Realism and Instrumentalism in Pre-Newtonian Astronomy"
  2. Michael R. Gardner
  3. pp. 201-266
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  1. V. Some Alternative Views on Testing Theories
  2. pp. 267-268
  1. "Testing Theoretical Hypotheses"
  2. Ronald N. Giere
  3. pp. 269-298
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  1. "The Deductive Model: Does It Have Instances?"
  2. Henry Kyburg
  3. pp. 299-312
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  1. VI. Testing Particular Theories
  2. pp. 313-314
  1. "Retrospective vs. Prospective Testing of Aetiological Hypotheses in Freudian Theory"
  2. Adolf Gr├╝nbaum
  3. pp. 315-348
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  1. "Subjectivity in Psychoanalytic Inference: The Nagging Persistence of Wilhelm Fliess's Achensee Question"
  2. Paul E. Meehl
  3. pp. 349-412
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  1. "Consistency Tests in Estimating the Completeness of the Fossil Record: A Neo-Popperian Approach to Statistical Paleontology"
  2. Paul E. Meehl
  3. pp. 413-476
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  1. Author Index
  2. pp. 477-480
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 481-484
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