Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 127–135 | Cite as

Systematicity Without Epistemic Warrant?

  • Stathis Psillos


In his latest book, Hoyningen-Huene develops a theory of the ‘nature of science’ which distinguishes science from ‘other forms of knowledge’ on the basis that science has a higher degree of systematicity than them. He analyses systematicity along nine dimensions. I argue that Hoyningen-Huene fails to offer a cogent account of the nature of science and that the chief weakness of his view is that he leaves out of the picture the whole issue of the epistemic warrant for scientific theories and their claim to a better understanding of the nature of reality.


Systematicity Scientific knowledge Hoyningen-Huene Science vs non-science 



Many thanks to Karim Bschir, Stavros Ioannidis a reviewer and the Editors of this journal for useful comments. The present note was meant to go into a special volume discussing Paul’s book, but for various reasons it did not.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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