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ERIC Number: ED176349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Argument and Science.
Schneider, Michael J.
This paper contends that views of science as "objectivist" or "subjectivist" not only represent inaccurate and extreme positions on a continuum but also obscure the importance of argument in the scientific enterprise. It examines the role of argument in the objectivist view of science by exploring the analysis of Henry Johnstone, Jr., of the differences between philosophical and scientific rationality. Next, the paper illustrates the role of argument in the subjectivist view and considers the attack on the objectivist view. Finally, it argues that weaknesses in the subjectivist scheme suggest a more moderate view of science in which scientific rationality is grounded in a combination of argumentation and empirical verification. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (St. Louis, Missouri, April 5-7, 1979)