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The aim of belief and the aim of science

Bird, Alexander (2019) The aim of belief and the aim of science. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (2). pp. 171-193. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

I argue that the aim of belief and the aim of science are both knowledge. The ‘aim of belief’ is to be identified with the product of a properly functioning cognitive system. Science is an institution that is the social, functional analogue of a cognitive system, and its aim is the same as that of belief. In both cases it is knowledge rather than true belief that is the product of proper functioning.


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Bird, Alexanderalexander.bird@kcl.ac.uk
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: aim of belief; aim of science; functionalism; scientific progress.
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 23:43
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 23:43
Item ID: 16482
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.19351
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: May 2019
Page Range: pp. 171-193
Volume: 34
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16482

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