ON THE COMPARISON OF FALSE THEORIES BY THEIR BASES

@article{Miller1974ONTC,
  title={ON THE COMPARISON OF FALSE THEORIES BY THEIR BASES},
  author={David W. Miller},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  year={1974},
  volume={25},
  pages={178 - 188}
}
  • David W. Miller
  • Published 1974
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
My problem is a straight problem in logic; but much of its interest accrues, I believe, from the negative impact it has on an ingenious recent suggestion in the theory of verisimilitude or truthlikeness. Accordingly, at the outset I shall merely state the logical problem and the bones of its solution, proceeding at once to give an outline of the philosophical setting in which it has been nurtured (section 1). The problem is concerned with independent sets of sentences—what Tarski has called… Expand
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