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Synthese

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 247–273 | Cite as

Verisimilitude by means of short theorems

  • Peter L. Mott
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Conclusion

This paper began with the simple object of finding an account that allowed us to compare incompatible false theories. This we achieved with ρ. But that relation is language — or interest — dependent. ρ' is free from this limitation; though thus liberated it is perhaps rather unconcerned about what is true, and further fails to deliver certain intuitive comparisons. Whether ρ is to be preferred to ρ' or vice versa, seems to me a largely fruitless question: In fact it might be that as we seek to free the idea of verisimilitude from any dependence on language, interests or problems, so we gradually collapse it to nothing more than logical power.

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Simple Object Logical Power False Theory Intuitive Comparison 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter L. Mott
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  1. 1.University of LancasterUK

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