Novel Confirmation and the Underdetermination of Scientific Theory Building

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2013
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9724
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Dawid, Richard
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The extra value of novel confirmation over accommodation is explained based on an analysis of the underdetermination of scientific theory building. Novel confirmation can provide information on the number of possible scientific alternatives to a predictively successful theory. This information, in turn, can raise the probability that the given theory is true or will be empirically viable in the future.