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What’s Wrong With Aim-Oriented Empiricism?

Maxwell, N; (2015) What’s Wrong With Aim-Oriented Empiricism? Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum , 3 (2) pp. 5-31. 10.11590/abhps.2015.2.01. Green open access

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Abstract

For four decades it has been argued that we need to adopt a new conception of science called aim-oriented empiricism. This has far-reaching implications and repercussions for science, the philosophy of science, academic inquiry in general, the conception of rationality, and how we go about attempting to make progress towards as good a world as possible. Despite these far-reaching repercussions, aim-oriented empiricism has so far received scant attention from philosophers of science. Here, sixteen objections to the validity of the argument for aim-oriented empiricism are subjected to critical scrutiny.

Type: Article
Title: What’s Wrong With Aim-Oriented Empiricism?
Location: Estonia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.11590/abhps.2015.2.01
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.11590/abhps.2015.2.01
Language: English
Keywords: Empiricism, Metaphysics of physics, Philosophy of physics, Rationality, Scientific method, Theoretical unity
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473371
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