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Dana Tulodziecki
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)
Scientific Progress without Truth: Expanding the Notion of Epistemic Success in Science

Writing one chapter of a book that will argue for a new way of thinking about scientific progress.

I seek funding to write a formative section of a book-length original research monograph, tentatively titled 'Scientific Progress without Truth', to be submitted to a major university press by the end of 2020. This book addresses the question of what makes our scientific theories so successful, despite the fact that virtually all of them turn out to be false, as is shown by the historical record. I develop a new notion of scientific progress – divorced from the traditional notion of truth – that is based on non-evidential features of actual scientific practice which, I argue, play a central role in contributing to our theories’ epistemic value.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Philosophy of Science

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 8/14/2020