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ERIC Number: ED082267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 7
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Confrontation and Knowledge.
Darnell, Donald K.
The "principle of confrontation," rather than traditional systems of logic (induction and deduction), should be employed to determine the reliability and utility of arguments. The principle of confrontation relies on the premise that the validity of any statement may be tested by subjecting it to the "risk of disconfirmation" (criticism by authorities which assesses the consistency of the proposition with previous evidence). Given the principle of seeking disconfirmation (confrontation) and the principle of corrigibility (the willingness to change when we find disconfirmation), it is apparent that speculative and untested "factual" beliefs will become accepted truths less frequently if examined by this method. Not only is the principle of confrontation applicable in the realm of factual knowledge, but it can be applied to value statements as well. Application of the logic of confrontation will provide a unique opportunity to test hypotheses presented by theorists at scholarly conventions and to add an increment of confidence to those hypotheses which survive the test. (EE)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (59th, New York City, Nov. 8-11, 1973)