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  • n. The doctrine that knowledge is never certain, but always hypothetical and susceptible to correction.


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From fallible +‎ -ism.


  • The three properties which Peirce had ascribed to scientific method in the context of experimental practice, namely fallibilism, corrigibility and progressivism, could be obtained in the application of critical intelligence to social and political problems.

    Sidney Hook

  • In hard science, it's never considered 100% proven...this is called "fallibilism", and is necessary to keep mistakes from becoming officially ingrained.

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  • On the contrary, it is based on the principle of "fallibilism" (enunciated by the American philosopher Charles Peirce, elaborated upon by Popper and many other theorists, and put into practice by scientists themselves) according to which science progresses by continually correcting itself, falsifying its hypotheses by trial and error, admitting its own mistakes - and by considering that an experiment that doesn't work out is not a failure but is worth as much as a successful one because it proves that a certain line of research was mistaken and it is necessary either to change direction or even to start over from scratch.

    Provando e riprovando

  • Tychism is a fundamental doctrinal part of Peirce's view, and reference to his tychism provides an added reason for Peirce's insisting on the irreducible fallibilism of inquiry.

    Nobody Knows Nothing

  • Despite Peirce's insistence on fallibilism, he is far from being an epistemological pessimist or sceptic: indeed, he is quite the opposite: he tends to hold that every genuine question (that is, every question whose possible answers have empirical content) can be answered in principle, or at least should not be assumed to be unanswerable.

    Nobody Knows Nothing

  • In this evolutionary notion of nature and natural law we have an added support of Peirce's insistence on the inherent fallibilism of scientific inquiry.

    Nobody Knows Nothing

  • This insistence on the fallibilism of human inquiry is connected with several other important themes of Peirce's philosophy, such as his tychism, his evolutionism, and his anti-determinism.

    Nobody Knows Nothing

  • This, however, does not rule out a fallibilism, but the mere belief that there is an ultimate foundation for how we should live and act dispells a relativism that could have profound societal effects.

    A Telic View of the Universe

  • He has identified four characteristics of pragmatism: the rejection of skepticism; the willingness to embrace fallibilism; the rejection of sharp dichotomies such as those between fact and value, thought and experience, mind and body, analytic and synthetic etc; and what he calls ˜the primacy of practice™


  • The first of the themes that we shall consider is epistemological, and it picks up on Hilary Putnam's claim that one mark of pragmatism is the combination of anti-skepticism and fallibilism.



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