[b-hebrew] VERBS

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Tue Jul 26 13:46:28 EDT 2005

On 26/07/2005 18:30, Awohili at aol.com wrote:

>Having a working hypothesis is a standard research tool.  When the  working 
>hypothesis is proven by research, this does not render it a  "preconceived 
>idea" in  the negative sense.  Of course, if the  hypothesis is disproved it is 
>discarded (or modified).  But if it works, it  works.

Solomon, I take your point. If Rolf has taken the two form model as a 
working hypothesis, that is fair enough, although he ought to admit to 
that clearly. But the problem is that if someone uses a working 
hypothesis as part of their research, while they are able to disprove 
that hypothesis by finding a contradiction (reductio ad absurdum), it is 
methodologically impossible to prove a working hypothesis in this way. 
One can in principle (within a limited system like biblical Hebrew) 
prove that the working hypothesis is consistent with the data, but that 
is not proof that it is true in any ontological or predictive sense. To 
show this, it is only necessary to realise that two contradictory 
working hypotheses might both be consistent with the data.

If one wants to prove a particular position, it is better to start with 
the alternative position as a working hypothesis, and look for a 

Peter Kirk
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