More on Induction and Justification

  • Peter TruranEmail author
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There is no logical process by which science moves from observations to testable hypotheses. Rather, the progress of science depends upon the creative making of informed guesses and then subjecting them to criticism. We must cultivate the highest critical standards towards our own work so that we can identify and eliminate error as efficiently and rigorously as possible.


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

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