Is Falsification Falsifiable?
Journal article, 2016

This is a response to a claim by Sven Ove Hansson to the effect that Poppers dictum that falsification lies at the heart of all pursuit of science has once and for all been falsified by his study of articles published in Nature during the year 2000. We claim that this is based on a misunderstanding of Poppers philosophy of science interpreting it too literally, and that alternative readings of those papers are fully compliant with falsification. We scrutinize Hansson’s arguments as well as giving an overview of Poppers falsification theory.

Falsification

Observation

Universal statements

Explanatory theories

Induction

Author

Ulf Persson

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics

Foundations of Science

1233-1821 (ISSN)

Vol. 21 3 461-475

Subject Categories

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

DOI

10.1007/s10699-015-9420-4

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Created

10/7/2017