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The Duhem-Quine Thesis

Philosophy Shorts, Volume 18
Narrated by: John-Michael Kuczynski
Length: 3 mins

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Summary

According to W.V.O. Quine, no observational datum supports any given hypothesis more than it supports any other given hypothesis, our belief to the contrary being nothing more than a prejudice born of our irrational preferences for certain rules of inference over others. In this very short work, it is shown that Quine's thesis is false and that his argument for it is broken. A corollary is that Kuhn's relativism ("truth is paradigm-internal") is false.

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