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The Taming of the True$
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Neil Tennant

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.001.0001

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Defeasibility and Constructive Falsifiability

Defeasibility and Constructive Falsifiability

(p.403) Chapter 12 Defeasibility and Constructive Falsifiability
The Taming of the True

Neil Tennant

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to show how to reconcile defeasibility with hypothetico-deductivism. It describes how the logic of proof-based assertion in mathematics coincides with the logic of refutation-based scientific testing and provides a constructive account of falsifiable empirical theorizing that saves all the logico-linguistic and methodological appearances. It suggests that the same canon of constructive and reflective inference suffices both for empirical science and for intuitionistic mathematics.

Keywords:   defeasibility, hypothetico-deductivism, proof-based assertion, mathematics, scientific testing, inference, empirical science

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