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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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Consequences for Scientific Knowledge

Consequences for Scientific Knowledge

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(p.176) 5 Consequences for Scientific Knowledge
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Systematicity
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Paul Hoyningen-Huene

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199985050.003.0005

With the thesis about the systematic character of scientific knowledge in place, a number of further questions about science can be addressed. How does science emerge out of non-science? How does it further develop? What is its relationship to common sense? Are there any normative consequences of the systematicity theory? And most importantly: how can science be demarcated from pseudo-science? Regarding the last question, the systematicity theory proposes a novel criterion. Whereas Popper’s well-known demarcation criterion of falsifiability is global, static and intrinsic, the systematicity theory’s criterion is local, dynamic and comparative.

Keywords:   genesis of science, dynamics of science, science and common sense, normative consequences, pseudo-science, demarcation criterion

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