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Old‐Age and New‐Age Holism

Peter Achinstein

in The Book of Evidence

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195143898
eISBN:
9780199833023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195143892.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Evidential holism, espoused by Pierre Duhem and W.V. Quine, is the view that nothing can be evidence for or against an isolated hypothesis, but only for or against some group of hypotheses. The ... More


Holism vs. Particularism: An Evidential Debate (“Find the Ether”)

Peter Achinstein

in Speculation: Within and About Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190615055
eISBN:
9780190615086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190615055.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

Evidential holism is the view that individual hypotheses do not receive evidential support, only entire theoretical systems do. Evidential particularism is the view that within a theoretical system ... More


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