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|Method||Field II 373ff
Epistemic Puzzles/Pollock/Putnam/Lewis/Field: Part 1: E.g. supposing we realize that our empirical methods in the past were not very reliable - then we also assume this for the future - so we should change - problem: method due to which we may have found out this cannot be more reliable than our present basic method - it uses itself for its investigation - wrong solution: meta method - part 2: says, that part 1 is contradictory: how can our method say, we you should not follow it? - Conclusion: 1. We cannot accept our methods as refutable - 2. We even have to do it - FieldVs: new discoveries must not be an argument against the old rule - the old rule is not the most basic, but an induction - also: It would be double-counted when the new observation would both change the initial adoption and at the same time would also count as evidence along with a new assumption - the most basic rule must be empirically irrefutable - ((s) it can only occur later).
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980