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  • v. To provide not enough constraints to specify a unique solution.


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  • Just as content underdetermines force and force underdetermines content; so too even grammatical mood together with content underdetermine force.

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  • Generalizing, we might say that just as points underdetermine equations, so facts underdetermine theories.

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  • In this section, I will set aside features (i) and (ii) as being characteristic of any empirical domain: the data are always finite, and they always underdetermine one's theory.

    Innateness and Language

  • Nietzsche scatter a dismembered sentence; their aim, to underdetermine the significance of tropes.

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  • But philosophy alone cannot provide the necessary details; philosophical argument by itself would underdetermine a penal code and has no means to administer one.


  • Rather, existing precedents usually underdetermine the results of the sorts of cases that tend to come before the Supreme Court.


  • The claim is only that in the sort of high profile constitutional cases that come before the Supreme Court, precedents usually underdetermine the result, so that people with very different visions of the Constitution, and different varieties of what Levinson and I have called "high politics," can argue for somewhat different results given the existing body of materials and the various techniques of precedental argument.


  • We can make some educated guesses, but until people actually go through the training, their records simply underdetermine the question (with some rare exceptions blah blah blah).

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  • One can assume that the physical and biological constraints on behavior underdetermine how a given population will behave over time.


  • “anti-foundationalists” about judicial decisions in the sense that they deny that the legal reasons justify a unique decision: the legal reasons underdetermine the decision (at least in most cases actually litigated).

    Naturalism in Legal Philosophy


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