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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.003.0012

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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