Theory and Observation in Science

[Revised entry by James Bogen on March 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Scientists obtain a great deal of the evidence they use by observing natural and experimentally generated
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[Revised entry by James Bogen on March 28, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Scientists obtain a great deal of the evidence they use by observing natural and experimentally generated objects and effects. Much of the standard philosophical literature on this subject comes from 20th century logical empiricists, their followers, and critics who embraced their issues and accepted some of their assumptions even as they objected to specific views. Their discussions of observational evidence tend to focus on epistemological questions about its role in theory testing. This entry follows their lead even...

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