Come join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, September 20th from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as Brian Skelly presents: Verisimilitude: The Study of Plausibility.
Our study and reflection on logic will not be of sufficient avail to us if it is limited to a science merely of the possible. We need it to also be a study of the plausible. Although we may not agree when it comes to actual examples, we all have an intuitive sense of what is plausible in the search for truth. What is plausible is not the same as what is merely possible, nor does it equate with what is probable. What is plausible does not have to be true, nor, in the context of certain studies, does something being true make it plausible.
Plausibility is closely related to the notion of verisimilitude: closeness to the truth or being in the direction of the truth; in other words, being on the right track in some truth-oriented endeavor. In order to get at plausibility, therefore, we have to get at verisimilitude. Given that there has in fact been work done in this regard, much of what we discuss here will be about verisimilitude.
Virtually all recent discussion of this question has been limited to the evaluation of scientific progress. This, in turn, has been limited to general theories or scientific claims as opposed to existential ones. After discussing how and why this has been the case, we will look to expand the discussion to all truth-oriented endeavors, whether empirical or non-empirical, and whether general or existential in nature. For plausibility is not just a concern in science and the like, but in open-question argument as well. And it is equally of concern whether seeking general or existential knowledge.... (See attached for complete essay.)
Dr. Skelly teaches Philosophy here at the University and locally.
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Verisimilitude: The Study of Plausibility