From data to phenomena: a Kantian stance
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- Massimi, M. Synthese (2011) 182: 101. doi:10.1007/s11229-009-9611-z
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This paper investigates some metaphysical and epistemological assumptions behind Bogen and Woodward’s data-to-phenomena inferences. I raise a series of points and suggest an alternative possible Kantian stance about data-to-phenomena inferences. I clarify the nature of the suggested Kantian stance by contrasting it with McAllister’s view about phenomena as patterns in data sets.