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Journal Article

Producing a Robust Body of Data with a Single Technique*

Gregory Stephen Gandenberger
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 77, No. 3 (July 2010), pp. 381-399
DOI: 10.1086/652962
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/652962
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

When a technique purports to provide information that is not available to the unaided senses, it is natural to think that the only way to validate that technique is by appealing to a theory of the processes that lead from the object of study to the raw data. In fact, scientists have a variety of strategies for validating their techniques. Those strategies can yield multiple independent arguments that support the validity of the technique. Thus, it is possible to produce a robust body of data with a single technique. I illustrate and support these claims with a historical case study.

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