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Acceptance of a Theory: Justification or Rhetoric?

Chow, Siu L. (1992) Acceptance of a Theory: Justification or Rhetoric? [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

The rhetoric-analytic critique of experimental psychology owes its apparent attractiveness to (a) some erroneous ideas about cognitive psychology and the rationale of experimentation, (b) the failure to distinguish between prior data and evidential data vis-à-vis the to-be-corroborated explanatory theory, and (c) evidential data owes their identity to a theory that is independent of the theory being tested. Theories in cognitive psychology are accepted because they can withstand concerted efforts to falsify them.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Theory-dependent observation, Rhetoric, Objectivity, Theory corroboration, Rationale of experimentation, Data prior to the theory, Evidential data in support of the theory
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:393
Deposited By:Chow, Dr. Siu L.
Deposited On:05 Sep 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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