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The Resources, Powers, and Limits of Science

Gauch,Jr., Hugh G. (2019) The Resources, Powers, and Limits of Science. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The powers and limits of science have been identified consistently as an essential aspect of science education by the National Research Council of the National Academies, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and National Science Foundation. Their mainstream position is balanced and sensible, but it has not yet been supported with reasons. A reasoned account of science’s powers and limits must explain and secure the resources needed to support conclusions about physical objects and events. The required three resources are appropriate presuppositions, empirical evidence, and standard logic. Mainstream science faces competitors that either diminish or else aggrandize science. Consequently, the scientific merit and future prospects of the mainstream position on the powers and limits of science could be improved by defending it with reasons based on science’s resources.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gauch,Jr., Hugh G.hgg1@cornell.edu
Keywords: common sense; evidence; logic; PEL model; powers and limits; presuppositions; rationality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Hugh Gauch
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 15:09
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 15:09
Item ID: 16550
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 15 October 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16550

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