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Central place theory and the reciprocity between theory and evidence

Kosso, Peter and Kosso, Cynthia (1995) Central place theory and the reciprocity between theory and evidence. Philosophy of Science, 62 (4). pp. 581-598. ISSN 1539-767X


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Information about the prehistoric past is available only in the material remains. To be meaningful, these remains must be interpreted under the influence of a theory of some general or specific aspect of the past. For this reason, prehistoric archaeology clearly shows the reciprocity between theory and evidence and the tension between having to impose information on the evidence in order to discover information in the evidence. We use a specific case in the archaeology of Minoan Crete, a case that uses Central Place Theory as a guide to understanding the evidence, to demonstrate a coherence model of scientific knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: ©1995 by the Philosophy of Science Association
ID number or DOI: 10.1086/289887
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DF Greece
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Arts and Letters > History
College of Arts and Letters > Philosophy
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 23:07
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1788

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