A comment on ‘cosmology and convention’ by David Merritt

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In a recent article Merritt (2017) has claimed that current observational data provide “severe tests” falsifying the standard cosmological model (the Lambda-Cold-Dark-Matter model). Based on Popper’s idea of conventionalism, he concludes that the introduction of some essential components of the standard cosmological model—including dark matter and dark energy—are a consequence of conventionalist stratagems. In this article, I provide more recent discoveries and discussions showing that the standard cosmological model is not built on any conventionalist stratagem. Copyright © 2019 Springer Nature B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-296
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Early online date09 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


Chan, M. H. (2019). A comment on ‘cosmology and convention’ by David Merritt. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 50(2), 283-296. doi: 10.1007/s10838-019-09444-y


  • Dark matter
  • Dark energy
  • Cosmology
  • Conventionalism


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