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Falsification, Rejection, and Modification
Uppsala University, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).
1977 (English)In: Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie / Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 379-382Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In two articles Friedrich Rapp argues that there is a methodological symmetry between falsification and verification in contradistinction to the logical asymmetry that obtains between them. (The Methodological Symmetry between Verification and Falsification, Ztschr. f. Allg. Wissth., Band VI/1 (1975), pp 139-144; A Helpful Argument - Reply to K. Eichner, Ztschr. f. Allg. Wissth., Band VII/1 (1976), pp. 121-123). Rapp puts forward the thesis that methodological falsification of a theory T implies the acceptance of an inference from ∌(x) Tx to (x) ∌ Tx. However, this thesis does not have to be accepted even if the premises of Rapp’s argument were accepted. Furthermore, Rapp has not shown that the falsification of a theory T implies that T will not be retained. Neither has Rapp formulated assumptions that are sufficient to guarantee that the outcome of an intended test of a theory T can be considered as an outcome of an actual test of T.

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1977. Vol. 8, no 2, p. 379-382
Keywords [en]
Formal education; Falsificationism; Psychology; Thought processes; Educational methods; Inference; Behavioral sciences; Applied philosophy; Educational testing; Scientific method; Pedagogy; Cognitive processes; Education; Reasoning; Diskussion; Philosophy of science; Test theory; Cognitive psychology; Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-372295DiVA, id: diva2:1275679
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