Empirical Testing

Peter Kosso

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Empirical testing of a scientific hypothesis is always indirect. A hypothesis is tested by making predictions and seeing if the predictions are true. A look at the logic of this shows that a true prediction cannot prove a hypothesis. Nor can a false prediction disprove a hypothesis. So empirical testing is always indecisive, and scientific method must involve more that just evidence and logic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Philosophy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Philosophy
ISSN (Print)2211-4548
ISSN (Electronic)2211-4556


  • Confirmation
  • Falsification
  • Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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