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Criteria for a Theory 1. (Clear|Precise) It should be clearly and precisely formulated. No vagueness, no  ambiguity, using mathematics as much as possible. 2. (Deductive|Organization / Unification) The theory must be such that you are able  to derive and predict a variety of different kinds of phenomena in its  appropriate domain. Allows for the deductive unification for a variety of  different kinds of phenomena in the domain in question. Will also predict  new kinds of phenomena, not just that which it was originally predicted.  Often, phenomena originally thought to not even be relevant are brought  under the umbrella of the system. (Loosely speaking, this is the falsifiable  criterion.) 3. (Plausible|Fits Background Knowledge) The derivation must be done in a  plausible way with principles that fit in with background beliefs. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course PHI 365 taught by Professor Spector during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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