Is John F. W. Herschel an Inductivist about Hypothetical Inquiry?

@article{Cobb2012IsJF,
  title={Is John F. W. Herschel an Inductivist about Hypothetical Inquiry?},
  author={Aaron Cobb},
  journal={Perspectives on Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={20},
  pages={409-439}
}
  • Aaron Cobb
  • Published 15 October 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Perspectives on Science
John Herschel's discussion of hypotheses in the Preliminary Discourse on Natural Philosophy has generated questions concerning his commitment to the principle that hypothetical speculation is legitimate only if warranted by inductive evidence. While Herschel explicitly articulates an inductivist philosophy of science, he also asserts that “it matters little how {a hypothesis or theory} has been originally framed” when it can withstand extensive testing and empirical scrutiny. This evidence has… 
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