Historical Reconstruction: Gaining Epistemic Access to the Deep Past.Forber, Patrick.
We discuss the scientific task of historical reconstruction and the problem of epistemic access. We argue that strong epistemic support for historical claims consists in the consilience of multiple independent lines of evidence, and analyze the impact hypothesis for the End-Cretaceous mass extinction to illustrate the accrual of epistemic support. Although there are elements of the impact hypothes... read more
- Knowledge, Theory of.
- Tufts University. Department of Philosophy.
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- Forber, Patrick and Eric Griffith. 2011. "Historical Reconstruction: Gaining Epistemic Access to the Deep Past." Philosophy & Theory in Biology 3. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/ptb.6959004.0003.003.