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Oriti, D. (2019). No alternative to proliferation. In R. Dardashti, R. Dawid, & K. Thebault (Eds.), Why trust a theory? Epistemology of fundamental physics (pp. 125-153). Cambridge University Press.

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Free keywords: Physics, History of Physics, physics.hist-ph,General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, gr-qc,High Energy Physics - Theory, hep-th
 Abstract: We reflect on the nature, role and limits of non-empirical theory assessment in fundamental physics, focusing in particular on quantum gravity. We argue for the usefulness and, to some extent, necessity of non-empirical theory assessment, but also examine critically its dangers. We conclude that the principle of proliferation of theories is not only at the very root of theory assessment but all the more necessary when experimental tests are scarce, and also that, in the same situation, it represents the only medicine against the degeneration of scientific research programmes.

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 Dates: 2017-05-272019
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 15 pages; contribution to the volume "Why trust a theory?", edited by: R. Dardashti, R. Dawid, K. Thebault, to be published by Cambridge University Press
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DOI: 10.1017/9781108671224.011
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Title: Why trust a theory? Epistemology of fundamental physics
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Dardashti, R., Editor
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