Abstract: If we cannot directly empirically test String Theory (and we cannot), it would be nice to have some other criteria with which to assess its viability. In his 2013 book, String Theory and the Scientific Method, Richard Dawid aims to develop such criteria, with an eye to vindicating research programs in String Theory. In this talk, I set out a simple objection to Dawid’s programme of non-empirical theory confirmation: the significance objection. Not all confirmation is non-negligible confirmation. For Dawid’s programme to be successful, it must demonstrate the viability not just of non-empirical theory confirmation, but of non-negligible non-empirical theory confirmation. I argue that it does not. As a result, I conclude that Dawid’s programme fails to offer a viable alternative to empirical theory confirmation in the context of String Theory.

The talk will be followed by a brief commentary by Richard Dawid