Local and normative rationality of science: The 'content of discovery' rehabilitated [Book Review]


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Summary The recent turn to the ‘context of discovery’ and other ‘postmodernist’ developments in the philosophy of science have undermined the idea of a universal rationality of science. This parallels the fate of the classical dream of a logic of discovery. Still, justificational questions have remained as a distinct perspective, though comprising both consequential and generative justification — an insight delayed by certain confusions about the (original) context distinction. An examination of one particular heuristic strategy shows its local rationality; even as an efficient procedure of hypothesis generation, it carries probative weight. It will be explored in which respects such a strategy can be normative or contain normative elements
Keywords (scientific) rationality  (scientific) discovery  heuristics  context of discovery/context of justification  normativity (in science)  local rationality (of science)  Popper  Reichenbach
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