Single Idea 4223

[catalogued under 14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 6. Falsification]

Full Idea

Although unfalsifiability is probably a defect in scientific hypothesis, because it is deprived of empirical content, it seems rather to be a virtue in a metaphysical hypothesis.

Gist of Idea

Unfalsifiability may be a failure in an empirical theory, but it is a virtue in metaphysics


E.J. Lowe (A Survey of Metaphysics [2002], p.241)

Book Reference

Lowe,E.J.: 'A Survey of Metaphysics' [OUP 2002], p.241

A Reaction

Presumably nothing could ever be found to count against a necessary truth. A nice point. 'Find me an instance where 2+2 is not 4'.