'Good Sense' in context: a response to Kidd

Ivanova, Milena (2011) 'Good Sense' in context: a response to Kidd. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 42 4: 610-612. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2011.09.006

Author Ivanova, Milena
Title 'Good Sense' in context: a response to Kidd
Journal name Studies in History and Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0039-3681
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2011.09.006
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 42
Issue 4
Start page 610
End page 612
Total pages 3
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract In his response to my (2010), Ian Kidd claims that my argument against Stump’s interpretation of Duhem’s concept of ‘good sense’ is unsound because it ignores an important distinction within virtue epistemology. In light of the distinction between reliabilist and responsibilist virtue epistemology, Kidd argues that Duhem can be seen as supporting the latter, which he further illustrates with a discussion of Duhem’s argument against ‘perfect theory’. I argue that no substantive argument is offered to show that the distinction is relevant and can establish that Duhem’s ‘good sense’ can be understood within responsibilist virtue epistemology. I furthermore demonstrate that Kidd’s attempt to support his contention relies on a crucial misreading of Duhem’s general philosophy of science, and in doing so highlight the importance of understanding ‘good sense’ in its original context, that of theory choice.
Keyword David Stump
Good sense
Pierre Duhem
Virtue epistemology
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Editorial
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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