The multiple dimensions of multiple determination

Klodian Coko

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Multiple determination is the epistemic strategy of establishing the same result by means of multiple, independent procedures. It is an important strategy praised by both philosophers of science and practicing scientists. Despite the heavy appeal to multiple determination, little analysis has been provided regarding the specific grounds upon which its epistemic virtues rest. This article distinguishes between the various dimensions of multiple determination and shows how they can be used to evaluate the epistemic force of the strategy in particular cases. Distinguishing between the various dimensions helps to resolve the disagreements regarding the relevance and epistemic import of multiple determination for scientific research. It also suggests a fruitful mode of interaction between the philosophy of science and (historical) accounts of scientific practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-541
Number of pages37
JournalPerspectives on Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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