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SystematicityThe Nature of Science$
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Paul Hoyningen-Huene

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199985050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199985050.001.0001

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The Main Thesis

The Main Thesis

(p.14) 2 The Main Thesis

Paul Hoyningen-Huene

Oxford University Press

The chapter starts by stating and then developing the main thesis of the book: Scientific knowledge differs from other kinds of knowledge, in particular from everyday knowledge, primarily by being more systematic. It is first shown that both in the sciences and in philosophy, many authors have mentioned ideas quite similar to the main thesis of the book which have, however, never been developed. Then, the thesis is clarified: it is a descriptive and comparative thesis that addresses different kinds of knowledge about the same subject matter. Subsequently, the concept if systematicity is discussed and explained. Finally, the structure of the argument that is needed in order to support the thesis is considered which provides the transition to the following chapter.

Keywords:   scientific knowledge, everyday knowledge, systematicity, family resemblance

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