Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 37, number 109, abril 2005
The Semantic View, Empirical Adequacy, and Application
[Concepción semántica, adecuación empírica y aplicación]
Mauricio Suárez
Departamento de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia
Facultad de Filosofía
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

msuarez@filos.ucm.es

Abstract: It is widely accepted in contemporary philosophy of science that the domain of application of a theory is typically larger than its explanatory covering power: theories can be applied to phenomena that they do not explain. I argue for an analogous thesis regarding the notion of empirical adequacy. A theory’s domain of application is typically larger than its domain of empirical adequacy: theories are often applied to phenomena from which they receive no empirical confirmation.
Keywords: scientific epistemology, empirical adequacy, semantic conception, scientific representation

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