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Compare two answers to the ‘demarcation question’ in the philosophy of science.

Reading suggestions:

Inductivism:

A.F. Chalmers, What is this thing called Science, Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 James Ladyman, Understanding Philosophy of Science, chapters 1, 2 Karl Popper: ;The Problem of Induction’ in Curd and Cover (eds.), Philosophy of science: the central issues, pp 426-431

Popper:

Karl Popper, ‘Science: Conjectures and Refutations’ in Curd and Cover (eds.), Philosophy of science: the central issue pp 3-11 Karl Popper, Conjectures and refutations: the growth of scientific knowledge. 1989 London: Routledge. Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery 1968, London: Hutchinson James Ladyman, Understanding Philosophy of Science, Chapter 3. A. F. Chalmers, What is This Thing Called Science?, 3rd edition, Chapters 5, 6 and 7. Agassi, Joseph (1991). “Popper's demarcation of science refuted”, Methodology and Science, 24: 1–7.

Kuhn:

Thomas Kuhn, 1996, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press also in Curd and Cover (eds.), Philosophy of science: the central issues, pp. 11-19, 86-101, and 102 118. Ernan McMullin, ‘Rationality and Paradigm Change in Science’ in Curd and Cover (eds.), Philosophy of science: the central issues, pp 119-138 Larry Laudan, ‘Dissecting the Holist Picture of Scientific Change’ in Curd and Cover (eds.), Philosophy of science: the central issues, pp 139 – 169 James Ladyman, Understanding Philosophy of Science, Chapter 4. A.F. Chalmers, What is This Thing Called Science? 3rd edition, Chapter 8.

Lakatos:

Imre Lakatos, ‘Science and Pseudoscience’ in Curd and Cover (eds.), Philosophy of science: the central issues, pp 20 - 26 Imre Lakatos, ‘Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes’, in I. Lakatos and A. Musgrave (eds.), Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. (Excerpt online here:...
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