Experimental Localism and External Validity

Francesco Guala
2003 Philosophy of Science  
Experimental "localism" stresses the importance of context-specific knowledge, and the limitations of universal theories in science. I illustrate Latour's radical approach to localism and show that it has some unpalatable consequences, in particular the suggestion that problems of external validity (or how to generalize experimental results to nonlaboratory circumstances) cannot be solved. In the last part of the paper I try to sketch a solution to the problem of external validity by extending
more » ... idity by extending Mayo's error-probabilistic approach.
doi:10.1086/377400 fatcat:hea5thoj2ngahibmijtrddueqq