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by StrangerDanger
Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why do scientists hate philosophy of science?
Replies: 38
Views: 14485

Re: Why do scientists hate philosophy of science?

Scientists refuse to explore the philosophical foundations of their discipline and the problems attending to it for the same reasons that religious adherents dislike having the central tenets of their belief system challenged by sustained, philosophical inquiry. It's just human nature, very non-myst...
by StrangerDanger
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why do scientists hate philosophy of science?
Replies: 38
Views: 14485

Re: Why do scientists hate philosophy of science?

Generally speaking, scientists are narrowly trained technicians who are largely innocent of the philosophical foundations of their discipline. This fact about the scientist's attitude towards philosophy is an absolute necessity . If scientists worried all day about the problem of demarcation, or the...
by StrangerDanger
Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: The Super-Empirical (or Pragmatic) Virtues in Theory Choice
Replies: 2
Views: 4138

The Super-Empirical (or Pragmatic) Virtues in Theory Choice

The single greatest obstacle to my acceptance of scientific realism is closely related to the underdetermination of theories by evidence. Just so we're on the same page, here is a general statement of the epistemic thesis for scientific realism: SR : Our mature and predictively successful scientific...