Principle: Problems and Prospects
Cloud State University
generalized correspondence principle is the assertion of something like
the following methodological norm: successor theories ought to
incorporate precursor theories as special cases. However, the actual
core connotation of this principle seems to be that when we are
constructing new theories in some domain of application we ought to
retain as much of prior but refuted theories as is possible while
eliminating inconsistency with the data. As a result, it is argued here
that the correspondence principle has not been correctly formulated.
Also, it is argued here that there is no compelling extant justification
of this proposed methodological norm.