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Tracking Truth: Knowledge, Evidence, and Science

Sherrilyn Roush


This book develops and defends a new externalist, reliabilist theory of knowledge and evidence, and develops a new view about scientific realism. Knowledge is viewed as a tracking theory that has a conditional probability rather than counterfactual formulation, and the property of closure under known implication is imposed on knowledge. It is argued that the tracking theory of evidence is best formulated and defended as a confirmation theory based on the Likelihood Ratio. These tracking theories of knowledge and evidence fit together to provide a deep explanation of why having better evidence ... More

Keywords: knowledge, evidence, scientific realism, tracking, probability, closure, confirmation, externalism, reliabilism, likelihood ratio

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199274738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherrilyn Roush, author
Rice University, Texas
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