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Testing Scientific Theories

Volume 10: Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science

Table of Contents

I. Glymour's Bootstrapping Theory of Confirmation…1

On Testing and Evidence…3
Clark Glymour

Theory Comparison and Relevant Evidence…27
Bas C. van Fraassen

Bootstrapping without Bootstraps…43
Azon Edidin

Explanations of Irrelevance…55
Paul Horwich

II. The Bayesian Perspective and the Problem of Old Evidence…67

Why Glymour Is a Bayesian…69
Roger Rosenkrantz

Old Evidence and Logical Omniscience in Bayesian Confirmation Theory…99
Daniel Garber

Bayesianism with a Human Face…133
Richard Jeffrey

Three Ways to Give a Probability Assignment a Memory…157
Brian Skyrms

III. Evidence and Explanation…163

Glymour on Evidence and Explanation…165
Bas C. van Fraassen

IV. Historical Case Studies…177

Newton's Demonstration of Universal Gravitation and Philosophical

Theories of Confirmation
…179
Ronald Laymon

Realism and Instrumentalism in Pre-Newtonian Astronomy…201
Michael R. Gardner

V. Some Alternative Views on Testing Theories…267

Testing Theoretical Hypotheses…269
Ronald N. Giere

The Deductive Model: Does It Have Instances?…299
Henry Kyburg

VI. Testing Particular Theories…313

Retrospective vs. Prospective Testing of Aetiological Hypotheses
in
Freudian Theory
…315
Adolf Grünbaum

Subjectivitv in Psychoanalytic Inference: The Nagging Persistence of

Wilhem Fliess's Achensee Question
…349
Paul E. Meehl

Consistency Tests in Estimating the Completeness of the Fossil Record:

A NeoPopperian Approach to Statistical Paleontology
…413
Paul E. Meehl

Author Index…477

Subject Index…481

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