A coherentist conception of ad hoc hypotheses

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Abstract

What does it mean for a hypothesis to be ad hoc? One prominent account has it that ad hoc hypotheses have no independent empirical support. Others have viewed ad hoc judgements as stemming from a lack of unifiedness of the amended theory. Still others view them as merely subjective. Here I critically review these views and defend my own Coherentist Conception of Ad hocness by working out its conceptual and descriptive attractions.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Vol/bind67
Sider (fra-til)54–64
Antal sider11
ISSN0039-3681
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2018

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