Prescription Versus Description in Philosophy of Science, or Methodology Versus History: a Critical Assessment
Metaphilosophy 17 (4):289-299 (1986)
This paper examines critically the current state of affairs in philosophy of science. It focuses on the well-Known puzzle about the relationship between the normative prescriptive methodology of science and positive descriptive history of science. This puzzle has dogged philosophers of science for over a generation and is still controversial. My conclusion is that there is really no escape from it. The best way to characterize it is as follows: "philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind."
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