Corroboration and auxiliary hypotheses : Duhem's thesis revisited

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This paper argues that Duhem’s thesis does not decisively refute a corroboration-based account of scientific methodology (or ‘falsificationism’), but instead that auxiliary hypotheses are themselves subject to measurements of corroboration which can be used to inform practice. It argues that a corroboration-based account is equal to the popular Bayesian alternative, which has received much more recent attention, in this respect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-149
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Confirmation
  • Corroboration
  • Duhem's thesis
  • Falsificationism
  • Popper
  • Quine-Duhem thesis


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