What’s the Problem?

  • Peter TruranEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)


In order to make a new contribution to his field of knowledge, the researcher will need to identify a significant problem within his chosen field, a choice that may have profound career implications. Identify a problem which is of an appropriate scope—neither too safe, nor too ambitious—and which is likely to have a solution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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