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Seeing Things: The Philosophy of Reliable Observation

Robert Hudson


The main goal of Seeing Things is to criticize a common way of arguing called ‘robustness reasoning’. With robustness reasoning, one claims that an observation report is more likely to be true (or, is better justified) if this report is produced by multiple, independent sources (such as by multiple scientists, or by means of multiple experimental strategies). In the book it is argued that robustness reasoning lacks the special, informative value it is often claimed to have. This result is defended by both exposing key flaws in various popular, philosophical defences of robustness reasoning, as ... More

Keywords: robustness reasoning, realism, experimental microbiology, dark energy, dark matter, jean perrin, preservationism, naked eye observation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199303281
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Hudson, author
University of Saskatchewan