Single Idea 15557

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 6. Verisimilitude]

Full Idea

The analysis of verisimilitude has been much debated. Some plausible analyses have failed disastrously, others conflict with one another. One conclusion is that verisimilitude seems to consist of several distinguishable virtues.

Gist of Idea

Verisimilitude has proved hard to analyse, and seems to have several components


David Lewis (Causal Explanation [1986], V n7)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'Philosophical Papers Vol.2' [OUP 1986], p.226

A Reaction

Presumably if it is complex, you can approach truth in one respect while receding from it in another. It seems clear enough if you are calculating pi by some iterative process.