A pragmatic approach to the demarcation problem
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 31 (2):249-267 (2000)
The question of how to distinguish between science and non-science, the so-called ' demarcation problem', is one of the most high-profile, perennial, and intractable issues in the philosophy of science. It is not merely a philosophical issue, however, since it has a significant bearing on practical policy questions and practical decisions. This essay develops a pragmatic approach to the demarcation problem: it argues that while there are some core principles that we can use in distinguishing between science and non-science, particular judgments and decisions about something's scientific status depend, in part, on practical goals and concerns
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