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The Book of Evidence$
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Peter Achinstein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195143892.001.0001

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Final Definitions and Realism

Final Definitions and Realism

(p.168) 8 Final Definitions and Realism
The Book of Evidence

Peter Achinstein (Contributor Webpage)

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A final definition of ”potential evidence” is proposed, and it is shown how veridical, ES‐, and subjective evidence can all be defined using the concept of potential evidence. Hempel's ”conditions of adequacy” for a definition of evidence are examined to see which ones are appropriate. Finally, it is shown that the definitions of the evidence proposed commit one to scientific realism, and that instrumentalist interpretations of evidence that employ the concept of an ”explanatory connection” will not be possible.

Keywords:   conditions of adequacy, ES‐evidence, evidence, explanatory connection, Hempel, instrumentalism, potential evidence, realism, subjective evidence, veridical evidence

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