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Well-Ordered Science: Evidence for Use

Cartwright, N.

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This article agrees with Philip Kitcher that we should aim for a well‐ordered science, one that answers the right questions in the right ways. Crucial to this is to address questions of use: Which scientific account is right for which system in which circumstances? This is a difficult question: evidence that may support a scientific claim in one context may not support it in another. Drawing on examples in physics and other sciences, this article argues that work on the warrant of theories in philosophy of science needs to change. Emphasis should move from the warrant of theories in the abstract to questions of evidence for use.


Cartwright, N. (2006). Well-Ordered Science: Evidence for Use. Philosophy of Science, 73(5), 981-990.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2006
Deposit Date Sep 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 12, 2016
Journal Philosophy of Science
Print ISSN 0031-8248
Electronic ISSN 1539-767X
Publisher Philosophy of Science Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 5
Pages 981-990


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Copyright 2006 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.

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