Reply to Watkins’: Hübner on Falsification, “Grue” and Truth’

  • Kurt Hübner
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 58)


Watkins starts with a question: “Does Popper’s purely conventionalist view of basic statements render falsifications ‘practically’ meaningless?” And he answers: No, this is not the case. If e.g. a hypothesis predicts a special position of a pointer, which, according to the opinion of a group of experimenters, did not occur, then a potential falisfier of the hypothesis has been accepted and consequently its falsification is meaningful (345). But the question is: Why have these experimenters accepted the falsification? If they did it purely arbitrarily then it cannot be taken seriously; if on the other hand there are reasons for it, then, I think, there will also be some inductions among them.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1978

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