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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Volume67
Pages (from-to)54–64
Number of pages11
ISSN0039-3681
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Ad hoc
  • Coherence
  • Confirmation
  • Independent support
  • Novel success

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