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Quasi Truth and the Nature of Induction

Newton C. A. da Costa and Steven French

in Science and Partial Truth: A Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195156515
eISBN:
9780199785896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515651X.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers the “vertical” relationship between theory and evidence. In particular, it considers the impact of the conception of “partial” truth on the dynamics of belief change. A new ... More


Theories and Models

Newton C. A. da Costa and Steven French

in Science and Partial Truth: A Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195156515
eISBN:
9780199785896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515651X.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Tarski's innovation performed a double duty in both mathematics and philosophy. In formalizing an intuitive notion of truth-as-correspondence in terms of “sentence s is true in a structure” and ... More


I Wasn’t Talking about That

Stephen Yablo

in Aboutness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144955
eISBN:
9781400845989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144955.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that partial truth is apt to strike us as sneaky, unclean, the last refuge of a scoundrel. But, whether a statement is partly true, or true in what it says about BLAH, may be all ... More


Empiricism and Experience

Anil Gupta

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195189582
eISBN:
9780199868452
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189582.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The fundamental question asked in this book is: what is the contribution of experience of knowledge? The book develops an account of experience that allows it to inform knowledge while respecting two ... More


The Truth and Something But the Truth

Stephen Yablo

in Aboutness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144955
eISBN:
9781400845989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144955.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers the question of why we should bother with partial truth now that we know, more or less, what partial truth is. Why make false statements with true bits in them, rather than ... More


Models and Reality

Stephen Yablo

in The Scientific Imagination

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190212308
eISBN:
9780190212322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190212308.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

The philosopher Hilary Putnam uses model theory to cast doubt on our ability to engage semantically with an objective world. The role of mathematics for him is to prove this pessimistic conclusion. ... More


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