Hacia una noción más robusta de adecuación empírica



En este artículo se propone un criterio de adecuación empírica orientado a la superación de ciertas limitaciones que afectan a las concepciones tradicionales, consecuencialistas del éxito empírico de las teorías. En el criterio propuesto cobran especial importancia los siguientes aspectos: a) la superioridad de la predicción sobre la acomodación, b) la resolución de anomalías no refutatorias, y c) el uso limitado de hipótesis ad hoc.

Palabras clave

adecuación empírica; predicción; acomodación; anomalías no refutatorias; hipótesis ad hoc

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