The confirmational significance of agreeing measurements

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Abstract

Agreement between "independent" measurements of a theoretically posited quantity is intuitively compelling evidence that a theory is, loosely speaking, on the right track. But exactly what conclusion is warranted by such agreement? I propose a new account of the phenomenon's epistemic significance within the framework of Bayesian epistemology. I contrast my proposal with the standard Bayesian treatment, which lumps the phenomenon under the heading of "evidential diversity."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-732
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Volume80
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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