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Reiss, Julian (2014). What's Wrong With Our Theories of Evidence? THEORIA: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science 29(2): 283-306

Author(s) from Durham


This paper reviews all major theories of evidence such as the Bayesian theory, hypothetico-deductivism, satisfaction theories, error-statistics, Achinstein's explanationist theory and Cartwright's argument theory. All these theories fail to take adequate account of the context in which a hypothesis is established and used. It is argued that the context of an inquiry determines important facts about what evidence is, and how much and what kind has to be collected to establish a hypothesis for a given purpose.