Deviance and vice: Strength as a theoretical virtue in the epistemology of logic

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Russell, Gillian 2019. Deviance and vice: Strength as a theoretical virtue in the epistemology of logic. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 99 (3), pp. 548 - 563. https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12498
AuthorsRussell, Gillian
Abstract

This paper is about the putative theoretical virtue of strength , as it might be used in abductive arguments to the correct logic in the epistemology of logic. It argues for three theses. The first is that the well‐defined property of logical strength is neither a virtue nor a vice, so that logically weaker theories are not—all other things being equal—worse or better theories than logically stronger ones. The second thesis is that logical strength does not entail the looser characteristic of scientific strength , and the third is that many modern logics are on a par—or can be made to be on a par—with respect to scientific strength.

Year2019
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Journal citation99 (3), pp. 548 - 563
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN0031-8205
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12498
Page range548 - 563
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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