By Kevin A. Clarke
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Consider, for example, the problem referred to as “the paradox of the ravens” (Hempel 1945). ” Thus, whatever evidence conﬁrms one statement should also conﬁrm the other statement. ” Though the canonical example seems far removed from political science, the paradox does have implications for research. Seawright (2002), for example, argues that cases characterized by neither village autonomy nor social revolution should count as conﬁrmatory evidence for the claim that village autonomy is a necessary condition for social revolution.
Take the bus example. You probably noted when you read it that Bob’s conclusion was not necessarily correct. Perhaps Bob was not late for the bus at all, but rather, it was a holiday, and his usual mass transportation buddies did not have to go to work and therefore were not waiting for the bus. Perhaps the bus route changed the night before, and Bob’s companions were waiting on a different corner. Perhaps the bus route had changed because it was a holiday. The list of possible explanations is nearly inﬁnite.
The problem of nondeductive prediction refers to the fact that most hypotheses in science are statistical and thus not deductive. D. D. 2030 and blue. Of course, until 2030, we can have no idea whether the second part of the claim is true. All observed green emeralds conﬁrm the statement nonetheless. 1 Logical Positivism To understand how H-D gained its hold in political science, we need to understand how a group of philosophers known as logical positivists thought about scientiﬁc theories and scientiﬁc explanation.
A model discipline: political science and the logic of representations by Kevin A. Clarke