author={David W. Miller},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={166 - 177}
  • David W. Miller
  • Published 1 June 1974
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
MILLER, D. [1974]: 'Popper's Qualitative Theory of Verisimilitude' British fournalfor the Philosophy of Science, 25, pp. 166-177. POPPER, K. R. [1963]: Conjectures and Refutations. POPPER, K. R. [1966]: 'A Theorem on Truth-Content' in P. Feyerabend and G. Maxwell (eds.): Mind, Matter and Method, Essays in Philosophy and Science in Honor of Herbert Feigl, pp. 343-53. POPPER, K. R. [1972]: Objective Knowledge. TICHe, P. [1974]: 'On Popper's Definitions of Verisimilitude', British Journal for the… Expand
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  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1976
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  • Computer Science, Philosophy
  • Synthese
  • 2004
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  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1974
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  • Mathematics
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1974
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