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Definition of the noun Underdetermination

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  1. The state or quality of being underdetermined


"Underdetermination" is a book by Thomas Bonk.

  • also known as "Underdetermination: an essay on evidence and the limits of natural knowledge"


Underdetermination: In the philosophy of science, underdetermination refers to situations where the evidence available is insufficient to identify which belief we should hold about that evidence. For example, if all that was known was that exactly $10 was spent on apples and oranges, and that apples cost $1 and oranges $2, then we would know enough to eliminate some possibilities, but we would not have enough evidence to know which specific combination of apples and oranges was purchased. In this example, we would say that belief in what combination was purchased is underdetermined by the available evidence.

  • also known as 不充份決定論

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Google previewProbing the Meaning of Quantum Mechanics (2014)

Physical, Philosophical and Logical Perspectives by Diederik Aerts, Sven Aerts, Christian de Ronde

underdetermination is an obstacle to such strong forms of naturalism, which we shall call strict ontological naturalism.

Google previewPhilosophies of the Sciences (2015)

A Guide by Fritz Allhoff

Underdetermination is a common topic in the philosophy of science, and so worth taking a moment to explore.

Google previewDiscourse on a New Method (2010)

Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science by Mary Domski, Michael Dickson

In the case of first order theories, with disjoint T-vocabularies but coincident O- vocabularies, a Carnapian solution to the external problem of underdetermination is a consequence of standard metalogical results. English ( 1973) observed that if ...

Google previewPhilosophy of Science Today (2003)

by Peter Clark, Dr. Katherine Hawley

Underdetermination is a matter of evidemial support. The realism dehate can therefore be settled by showing that one theory is better confirmed than another lGlymour [1980]: Friedman [1983]). Since confirmation confers justification, ...

Google previewKnowledge and Reality (1999)

Selected Essays by Colin McGinn

Whether undecidability is brought in the wake of such underdetermination is a delicate question: but it does seem that, at least relative to a time, it may be ...

Google previewPhilosophical Problems of Behavioural Economics (2016)

by Stefan Heidl

Transient underdetermination means that the choice between two theories is underdetermined by the current evidence (ibid.). The contrast would be permanent underdetermination by all possible evidence. The problem behavioural ...

Google previewThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology (2012)

by George Ritzer

Underdetermination is a kind of factual situation that could be otherwise – it could be that there were no alternative theories that fit the data (though one of the important discoveries in twentieth-century philosophy in the wake of positivism was ...

Google previewGeoSpatial Semantics (2009)

Third International Conference, GeoS 2009, Mexico City, Mexico, December 3-4, 2009, Proceedings by Krzysztof Janowicz

The idea of empirical underdetermination is a radicalization of the famous Duhem-Quine thesis. Empirical contradiction ...

Google previewAn Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar ... (2016)

Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything by Randal Rauser, Justin Schieber

(The term underdetermination refers to cases where the available evidence is not sufficient to justify a particular conclusion. For example, the fact that the driveway is wet underdetermines the conclusion that it is raining because the driveway ...

Google previewDictionary of Critical Realism (2015)

by Mervyn Hartwig

It isalsoconsistent withthequite general underdeterminationof higher-order bylower-order phenomena entailedby EMERGENCE (or the underdeterminacy ofhigher-order phenomena), of which epistemic indeterminacy (the underdetermination ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry (2014)

by Thomas A. Schwandt

Underdetermination. of. Theory. by. Data. See. TheoryObservation. Distinction. Understanding. To say that we understand what others are doing or saying or that we have an understanding of them is to claim something quite different than that ...

Google previewDictionary of World Philosophy (2013)

by A. Pablo Iannone

psychoanalysis uncountable see set undecidable see philosophy of mathematics underclass see Marxism underdetermination, perceptual see perception underdetermination, theoretical see operationalism understanding Like intellect (from ...

Google previewDictionary of Statistics & Methodology (2011)

A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences by W. Paul Vogt, R. Burke Johnson

Underdetermination In philosophy science, the position that it is possible for more than one theory to fit the evidence; also called “underdetermination of theory by evidence.” Underidentified Model A *regression model or equation containing ...

Google previewThe Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005)

by Edward Craig, Knightsbridge Professor of Philosophy Edward Craig

See also: Consciousness; Psychoanalysis, methodological issues in GEORGES REY UNDERDETERMINATION The term underdetermination refers to a broad family of arguments about the relations between theory and evidence. All share ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Case Study Research (2010)

L - Z; Index by Albert J. Mills, Gabrielle Durepos, Elden Wiebe

Underdetermination. A philosopher, a mathematician, and a sociologist were in a train in Scotland. They saw what appeared to be a black sheep. “All the sheep in Scotland must be black,” said the sociologist. “There's at least one black sheep ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Descartes to gender and science (1998)

by Edward Craig

UNDERDETERMINATION. (§3). DUHKHA. see. SUFFERING,. BUDDHIST. VIEWS. OF. ORIGINATION. OF. DUHRING,. EUGEN. KARL. (I833-I92I). Versatile and prolific, Eugen Duhring constructed a metaphysical system uniting naturalism ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

underdetermination of translation_ (Quine etc) (sci) < Unbestimmtheit der Ubersetzung, radikale Ubersetzung...

Unterdeterminiertheit f - underdetermination (Quine) (epi, sci), (aes) unterdriickte Wiinsche pl ' repressed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy (2014)

by D. C. Phillips

Underdetermination of scientific theory. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved from archives/ win2009/entries/scientific-underdetermination/ Wilson, F. (2012). John Stuart Mill. In E. N. ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Psychology Set (2015)

by Robin L. Cautin, Scott O. Lilienfeld

In addition to being known as “the Duhem– Quine” problem, similar problems are associated with various labels: “underdetermination of theory by data” (the claim that data is compatible with more than one theory); “holism” (the claim that only ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Index (1998)

by Edward Craig

Miguel de Weyl, Hermann Thierry of Chartres Unconscious mental states Weyr, Frantisek Thomas a Kempis Underdetermination Whewell, William Thomas of York Unity of science White, Thomas Thomasius (Thomas), Christian Universal ...

Google previewConcise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2013)

by Professor Edward Craig, Edward Craig

GEORGES REY UNDERDETERMINATION The term underdetermination refers to a broad family of arguments about the relations between UNIVERSALISM IN ETHICS theory and evidence. All share the conclusion. 906.

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