The Science to Save Us from Philosophy of Science

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Abstract

I defend the view that science is not primarily concerned with knowledge and that its method of arriving at proposing hypotheses does not commit us to have stable beliefs about them. Instead, what drives discovery is ignorance that scientists can cleverly exploit, brought to the fore by retroductive inferences. Recent discoveries in sciences that cope with under-structured problem spaces testify its prevalence, and puts paid to epistemic justification of retroduction. I argue that catering well for the right conditions in which to cultivate such ignorance is a key to how uberous retroductive inferences can arise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149--166
JournalAxiomathes
Volume25
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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