First, the scene for the book is set in a historical sense: what were the previous answers to the question “What is science?”. There were four main historical phases of these answers, starting in antiquity and ending today. The result is that we are left with the predicament that all the previous answers are seen as insufficient and no new answer has been developed. Thus, the question must be asked anew, and for that purpose, the question must first be brought into sharp focus: What disciplines should be included, on what aspects of science do we zero in, and what is the relevant contrast to science?
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