Is Fertility Virtuous in Its Own Right?

Daniel Patrick Nolan

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Fertility (or fruitfulness or fecundity) is often listed among the virtues which are desirable for scientific theories to possess. In this paper I discuss the several species of theoretical virtues called 'fertility', and argue in each case that the desirability of 'fertility' can be explicated in terms of other, more fundamental theoretical virtues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-282
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999


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