Seeing Things: The Philosophy of Reliable Observation

2015.09.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Hudson, Seeing Things: The Philosophy of Reliable Observation, Oxford University Press, 2014, 274pp., $69.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.09.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Hudson, Seeing Things: The Philosophy of Reliable Observation, Oxford University Press, 2014, 274pp., $69.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199303281. Reviewed by Jacob Stegenga, University of Victoria A scientific inference based on multiple lines of independent evidence converging on a similar result is often described as robust. Such 'robustness reasoning' is widely held to be valuable by philosophers of science. Robustness has been appealed to as a defense of various forms of scientific realism and as a response to various forms of scientific skepticism such as underdetermination. Robert Hudson's book sets out to challenge the importance of robustness reasoning. Despite the ubiquity of appeals to robustness in philosophy of science, as far as I am aware there are no book-length works with a sustained focus on robustness other than Soler et al. (2012), which is a collected volume. Seeing Things is the first of. . .

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