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Polish Journal of Philosophy

Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2008

Michael Shaffer
Pages 99-115
DOI: 10.5840/pjphil2008217

Re-formulating The Generalized Correspondence Principle
Problems and Prospects

The generalized correspondence principle is the assertion of something like the following methodological norm: successor theories ought to incorporate precursor theories as special cases. However, the actual core connotation of this principle seems to be that when we are constructing new theories in some domain of application we ought to retain as much of prior but refuted theories as is possible while eliminating inconsistency with the data. As a result, it is argued here that the correspondence principle has not been correctly formulated. Also, it is argued here that there is no compelling extant justification of this proposed methodological norm.