Pierre Duhem's good sense as a guide to theory choice

Ivanova, Milena (2010) Pierre Duhem's good sense as a guide to theory choice. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 41 1: 58-64. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2009.12.009

Author Ivanova, Milena
Title Pierre Duhem's good sense as a guide to theory choice
Journal name Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-3681
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2009.12.009
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 58
End page 64
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines Duhem's concept of good sense as an attempt to support a non rule-governed account of rationality in theory choice. Faced with the underdetermination of theory by evidence thesis and the continuity thesis, Duhem tried to account for the ability of scientists to choose theories that continuously grow to a natural classification. I will examine the concept of good sense and the problems that stem from it. I will also present a recent attempt by David Stump to link good sense to virtue epistemology. I will argue that even though this approach can be useful for the better comprehension of the concept of good sense, there are some substantial differences between virtue epistemologists and Duhem. In the light of this reconstruction of good sense, I will propose a possible way to interpret the concept of good sense, which overcomes the noted problems and fits better with Duhem's views on scientific method and motivation in developing the concept of good sense.
Keyword Good sense
Natural classification
Novel predictions
Theoretical virtues
Virtue epistemology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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