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The Inductive Style

  • Joseph Agassi
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 298)

Abstract

A scientific paper is supposed to be innovative, to comprise a contribution to the stock of human knowledge. The trouble is, we do not know what innovation is, what the stock of human knowledge is, and how the one augments the other. The discovery of the New World is a paradigm case; should we ascribe it to the first humans who crossed the Bering Sea, to the first Vikings who crossed the Atlantic Ocean, to Christopher Columbus, or to Amerigo Vespucci? Each of these options rests on a theory that is hardly articulated, much less open to critical assessment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tel Aviv University and York University TorontoHerzliyahIsrael

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