Summary: HOW TO DO THINGS WITH AN INFINITE
Kevin T. Kelly
Department of Philosophy
Carnegie Mellon University
September 24, 2001
Scientific method may be viewed either as an argument justifying a
conclusion or as a procedure for finding the right answer to some question.
Both conceptions occasion the problem of empirical regresses. According
to the former approach, it is hard to say what the point of a regress is.
According to the latter, we can solve for the strongest sense of single-
method performance that could be covered from a regress of procedures.
Several types of regresses are solved in this sense. Some of the solutions
are shown to have sufficient power to deal with Duhem's problem.
1 CONFIRMATION AND NATURALISM
Here is a familiar way to think about the philosophy of science. Our empirical
claims must be justified. Usually, evidence does not and never will entail them,
so they must be justified some weaker way. Thus, there must be a relation
of partial support or confirmation falling short of full (deductive) support that