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    Fields of force.William Berkson - 1974 - New York,: Wiley.
    This book tells how a series of very remarkable men tried to get a better understanding of the world. These men are Michael Faraday and those he influenced: ...
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  2. Learning from Error, Karl Popper's Psychology of Learning.William Berkson & John Wettersten - 1989 - Synthese 78 (3):357-358.
     
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    Fields of Force: The Development of a World View from Faraday to Einstein.William Berkson - 1975 - Philosophical Review 84 (4):595-598.
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    Lakatos one and Lakatos two: An appreciation.William Berkson - 1976 - In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel. pp. 39--54.
    When I was pondering what I should write about Lakatos in this article, I ran into what seemed an insuperable difficulty. On one hand I thought that part of my job should be to give a portrait of Lakatos' personal manner. This would be informative from the point of view of history of thought, as it would help people read his works with greater understanding. And it would be interesting, if I succeeded at all: everyone who knew Lakatos would agree (...)
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    Skeptical rationalism.William Berkson - 1979 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 22 (1-4):281 – 320.
    To improve our methods of rational inquiry and decision-making we need to recognize that such methods should guide but not fully determine the choices of individuals. Failure to acknowledge the essential incompleteness of rational methods made the methods of Classical Rationalism quite impractical and opened them to skeptical refutation. Mitigated Skepticism and Fideism failed to correct the error, and as a result put undesirable limits on rational inquiry. When the guiding character of rational methods is recognized, existing methods of scientific (...)
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    Skeptical Rationalism.William Berkson - 1987 - In Joseph Agassi & I. C. Jarvie (eds.), Rationality: the critical view. Hingham, MA, USA: Distributors for the U.S. and Canada, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 21--43.
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    Pragmatic Rationalism; Popper, Bartley and varieties of rationalism.William Berkson - 2023 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations 17 (42):140-150.
    Rational discussion guides, but does not compel individual decisions, and the best process of inquiry and decision should vary with a person’s goals and situation. Sir Karl Popper noted that after a result of observation or experiment has been obtained by independent researchers, scientists agree to reject as false theories that are contradicted by accepted facts. Popper, though, wrongly assumed this consensus also applies to acceptance for purposes of research. In reality researchers develop competing theories about which evidence is currently (...)
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    The Formal and the Informal.William Berkson - 1978 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1978:297 - 308.
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    Agassi on Technology.William Berkson - 2022 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 52 (6):365-371.
    Joseph Agassi's distinction and characterization of science, applied science, and technology—with invention connecting applied science and technology—has been a signal contribution. His theory of science, though, is flawed by his rejection of any role for corroboration, when corroboration in fact has guided researchers in various ways. His later, more extensive discussions of these issues, unfortunately have not advanced on his important early work.
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    In defense of good reasons.William Berkson - 1990 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 20 (1):84-91.
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    Methodology is pragmatic: A response to Miller.William Berkson - 1990 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 20 (1):95-98.
  12. Research problems and the understanding of science.William Berkson - 1987 - In Nancy J. Nersessian (ed.), The Process of Science: Contemporary Philosophical Approaches to Understanding Scientific Practice. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
     
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    Reply to L. Pearce Williams.William Berkson - 1978 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 29 (3):243-248.
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  14. Some practical issues in the recent controversy on the nature of scientific revolutions.William Berkson - 1994 - Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14:197-210.
     
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    The Formal and the Informal.William Berkson - 1978 - PSA Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1978 (2):296-308.
    I became acquainted with Lakatos’s work in 1965 when I started studying at London School of Economics—where Lakatos taught. As his work was developed over the succeeding years until his death in 1974, one thing always puzzled me: his work seemed to contain such conflicting tendencies. He would continue developing his ideas along a progressive line, and suddenly would insert an element which appeared to me quite reactionary. By ‘reactionary’, I should hasten to add, I mean imbued with the spirit (...)
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    Testability in the social sciences.William Berkson - 1989 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 19 (2):157-171.
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    Critical Review: Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge: Proceedings of the International Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science, London 1965, Vol. 4. [REVIEW]William Berkson - 1972 - Journal of Critical Analysis 4 (3):112-116.
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  18. "The Structure of Scientific Inference" by Mary Hesse. [REVIEW]William Berkson - 1975 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 5 (3):361.
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    William Berkson, Review of The Holistic Inspirations of Physics: The Underground History of Electromagnetic Theory by Val Dusek. [REVIEW]William Berkson - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):536-540.