Experimental psychology and Duhem's problem

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The paper proposes a practical answer to Duhem's problem within the frame-work of experimental psychology. First, this problem is briefly discussed; second, two studies in psychology are presented illustrating how theories are tested. Thirdly, based on the foregoing, an approach called the "Empirical Reasoning" (ER) is developed and justified. It is shown that the ER approach can successfully cope with Duhem's problem. Finally, the ER approach and the Error Statistics approach of Mayo are critically compared with regard to Duhem's problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-66
Number of pages22
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology (all)


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