Philosophy of Science 82 (1):55-75 (2015)

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Spencer Hey
Harvard University
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The concordance of results that are “robust” across multiple scientific modalities is widely considered to play a critical role in the epistemology of science. But what should we make of those cases where such multimodal evidence is discordant? Jacob Stegenga has recently argued that robustness is “worse than useless” in these cases, suggesting that “different kinds of evidence cannot be combined in a coherent way.” In this article I respond to this critique and illustrate the critical methodological role that robustness plays as an aim of scientific inquiry.
Keywords robustness  discordance  clinical trials
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DOI 10.1086/678978
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