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Seeing and Believing: Galileo, Aristotelians, and the Mountains on the Moon

In Daniel De Simone & John Hessler (eds.), The Starry Messenger. Levenger Press. pp. 131-145 (2013)

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  1. Regressus and Empiricism in the Controversy About Galileo’s Lunar Observations.David Marshall Miller - 2018 - Perspectives on Science 26 (3):293-324.
    One of the distinctive features of modern science is a commitment to empiricism—a fundamental expectation that theoretical hypotheses will survive encounters with observations. Those that comport with the theory's explanations and predictions confirm the theory. Anomalous observations that do not fit theoretical expectations disconfirm it. Moreover, experiments can be contrived to generate observations that might serve to confirm or disconfirm a theory. Philosophers of science may disagree as to how exactly all of this is supposed to work, but the basic (...)
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