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Logical and Epistemological Norms in Scientific Theory Construction

  • Amitabha Gupta

Abstract

Since the formative period of science in the antiquity, the logic of induction and deduction and the role they play in formulating scientific theories have been the concern for both the practicing scientists and the philosophers of science. It is commonly believed that science (and specifically a scientific theory) does not consist of discrete and random collection of factual statements, but comprises a network of both empirical and theoretical, particular and general, and observational and law statements in a coherent structure and framework. The role of logic in science, especially the job of the construction of scientific theories, essentially relates to spelling out the nature of these connections and relationships among the various types of statements in this network, explaining what entitles the scientists to move from one type of statement to another or justifying on what basis they do so.

Keywords

Scientific Theory Epistemic Norm Logical Positivist Deductive Argument Causal Generalization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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