17.209 getting it wrong

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Aug 29 2003 - 01:32:01 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 209.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 05:59:12 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: on error

    Apparently the value of error in scientific research, the "negative knowledge"
    it affords, is a current topic in the philosophy of science. Indeed, getting it
    wrong has always seemed to me an essential part of the research that we do,
    especially since getting it completely right is impossible. But of course
    knowing that and how one is wrong is important, as is knowing how best
    to deal with error. See the work of Douglas Allchin on the epistemology
    of error; some papers are available at

    I have also run across a reference to G. R. Evans, Getting it wrong: The
    Medieval epistemology of error, Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte
    des Mittelalters 63 (Brill, 1998). A brief report on this book here in light of
    Allchin's papers would be most welcome.


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