Science & Education

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 33–42 | Cite as

The Large-scale Structure of Scientific Method

  • Peter Kosso


The standard textbook description of the nature of science describes the proposal, testing, and acceptance of a theoretical idea almost entirely in isolation from other theories. The resulting model of science is a kind of piecemeal empiricism that misses the important network structure of scientific knowledge. Only the large-scale description of scientific method can reveal the global interconnectedness of scientific knowledge that is an essential part of what makes science scientific.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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