Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 267–275

How to Test Normative Theories of Science

  • David Baumslag

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026544921593

Cite this article as:
Baumslag, D. Journal for General Philosophy of Science (2000) 31: 267. doi:10.1023/A:1026544921593


In this paper I discuss how descriptive studies of science, increasingly emphasised by philosophers of science, can be used to test normative theories of science. I claim that we can use cases of scientific practice as counter examples; if the practice of a given scientist can be shown to be justified and it diverges from the prescriptions of a scientific theory then the theory should be rejected. This approach differs from those offered by previous philosophers of science and at the same time brings the philosophy of science more into line with other areas of philosophy.

normative descriptive studies of science naturalism 

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