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Having Science in View: General Philosophy of Science and its Significance

Psillos, Stathis (2015) Having Science in View: General Philosophy of Science and its Significance. [Preprint]

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The relatively recent trend seems to be to move away from General Philosophy of Science (GPoS) and towards the philosophies of the individual sciences and to relocate whatever content GPoS is supposed to have to the philosophies of the sciences. I argue that scepticism or pessimism about the prospects of GPoS is unwarranted. I also argue that there can be no philosophies of the various sciences without GPoS. Defending these two claims is the main target of this chapter. I will show, however, that there is osmosis between GPoS and the Philosphies of the Sciences and that this osmosis is grounded on what I will call‘Science in general’ and the two important functions GPoS plays vis-à-vis Science-in-general: an explicative function and a critical function.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Psillos, Stathispsillos@phs.uoa.gr
Additional Information: To appear in Paul Humphreys (ed.) Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015
Keywords: demarcation, geenral philosophy of science,explication, method, criticism, history, realism
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
Depositing User: Stathis Psillos
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 14:24
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 14:24
Item ID: 11430
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
Date: 19 April 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11430

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