Hypotheses, Theories and Laws

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Abstract

Although we tend to speak of hypotheses, theories, and laws as though they were clearly differentiated, this is not the case; the distinctions are not clear and are primarily a matter of belief regarding how well relationships that have been conjectured are supported by evidence. But scientific theories and laws are far more than just matters of faith; they are also the product of a methodology that has developed via continual confrontation with reality. It is not an exaggeration to state that scientific theories and laws are the most reliable forms of generalization produced by rational human activity. Faith and rationality can co-exist in science in a most vital symbiosis!

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Politics and PhilosophyCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark

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