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Assessing scientific theories

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Scientific theories are usually assessed in the light of their empirical consequences. But how shall one proceed if a theory, such as string theory or proposals for a quantum theory of gravity, has no empirical consequences (yet)? Are such theories scientific at all? The goal of this talk is to identify two recent argumentation schemes (viz. the no-alternatives argument and analogue simulation) and to show how they can be analysed and assessed in the framework of Bayesian confirmation theory.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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