Scientific Research II

The Search for Truth

• Mario Bunge
Book

Part of the Studies in the Foundations Methodology and Philosophy of Science book series (FOUNDATION, volume 3/2)

1. Front Matter
Pages I-VIII
2. Applying Scientific Ideas

1. Front Matter
Pages 1-2
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Pages 3-65
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Pages 66-120
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Pages 121-150
3. Testing Scientific Ideas

1. Front Matter
Pages 151-152
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Pages 153-193
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Pages 194-250
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Pages 251-289
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Pages 290-361
4. Back Matter
Pages 362-374

Introduction

This volume is a logical sequel of Volume I, The Search for System: indeed, it concerns the ways theoretical systems are put to work and subjected to test. Yet it can be read independently by anyone familiar with some factual theories, referring back to Volume I when necessary. Special Symbols AS;B the set A is included in the set B AvB the union of the sets A and B AnB the common part of the sets A and B aEB the individual a is in (or belongs to) the set A Card (A) cardinality (numerosity) of the set A AxB Cartesian product of the sets A and B en(A) consequence(s) of the set A of assumptions equals by definition =dt definition Dt· some x (or there is at least one x such that) (3 x) e empirical datum e* translation of e into a semiempirical, semitheoreticallanguage h hypothesis m(r) measured value of the degree r m(;) average (or mean) value of a set of measured values of ,; P-jT T presupposes P p, q arbitrary (unspecified) propositions (statements) P(x) x has the property P (or x is a P) {xl P(x)} set of the x such that every x is a P pVq p and/or q (inclusive disjunction) p &q p and q (conjunction) p-+q if p, then q (conditional or implication) p if and only if q (biconditional or equivalence) p-q sum over i 2:; t theorem, testable consequence

Keywords

Cartesian Search for Truth Wissenschaft conditional eros individual proposition reduction science subject translation

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