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Can that be Right?

Volume 199 of the series Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science pp 13-38

How to Avoid the Experimenters’ Regress

  • Allan FranklinAffiliated withUniversity of Colorado

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Abstract

Harry Collins is well known for both his skepticism concerning experimental results and evidence and for what he calls the “experimenters’ regress,” the view that a correct outcome is one obtained with a good experimental apparatus, whereas a good experimental apparatus is one that gives the correct outcome. He has expressed this view at length in Changing Order (Collins 1985).