The Quine-Duhem Thesis

The Quine-Duhem Thesis

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The Quine-Duhem thesis is confirmed by the history of science. All great theories were originally part of total systems of belief that were falsified. All theories are ‘born falsified’. Copernicus’ theory by the failure of the planets to change in apparent size as expected, Newton’s by deviations in the moon’s orbit from the predicted path, Einstein’s special relativity theory by the experiments of Kaufmann on electrons. (more…)

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