Abstract

The first part of this chapter discusses theory in science and distinguishes it from the ordinary conception of theory as simply a guess or opinion. The chapter also points out that scientific theories are not separate from scientific facts but, rather, that they are broad generalizations of those facts. The chapter then introduces several criteria used to evaluate the merit of scientific theories. Finally, scientific “understanding” is briefly discussed.

Keywords

Clarification 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry D. SchlingerJr.
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  1. 1.Western New England CollegeSpringfieldUSA

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