Saturday, April 02, 2016

Distinctions …

… Edward Feser: A note on falsification. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Lazy shouts of “unfalisfiability!” against theological claims just ignore all this complexity -- the distinctions that have to be drawn between empirical claims on the one hand and claims of mathematics, logic, and metaphysics on the other; between extremely general empirical claims and more specific ones; between philosophy of nature (which studies the philosophical presuppositions of natural science) and natural science itself; and between the testing of a thesis and the testing of the auxiliary assumptions we generally take for granted but conjoin with the thesis when drawing predictions from it.

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