Scientific Problems: Three Empiricist Models

PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:3 - 19 (1980)
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One component of a viable account of scientific inquiry is a defensible conception of scientific problems. This paper specifies some logical and conceptual requirements that an acceptable account of scientific problems must meet as well as indicating some features that a study of scientific inquiry indicates scientific problems have. On the basis of these requirements and features, three standard empiricist models of problems are examined and found wanting. Finally a constraint inclusion-model of scientific problems is proposed.



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Thomas Nickles
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