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  • n. A scientific philosophy based on the requirement that hypotheses must be falsifiable in order to be scientific; if a claim is not able to be refuted it is not a scientific claim.


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  • The way I see it, a critique of Popper's falsificationism is useful, but for rather bizarre reasons this critique regularly gets inflated into the absurd claims that demarcation is hopeless and "pseudoscience" is a useless term.

    Demarcation as Politics

  • I was presumably asking "falsificationism" to "justify its own success," a goal that is, in the words of his essay, "utterly pointless."

    The Karl Popper Problem

  • On the other hand, the shift in Popper's own basic position is taken by some critics as an indicator that falsificationism, for all its apparent merits, fares no better in the final analysis than verificationism.

    Karl Popper

  • But Popper's ideas themselves, Feyerabend alleges, were not new to him, deductivism having been defended as early as 1925 by Viktor Kraft, and falsificationism being “taken for granted” at Alpbach.

    Paul Feyerabend

  • I think some expansion on Popper's falsificationism (which is just as fundamental as demarcation, in his epistemology), would have been in point here.

    Demarcation, Demarcation, ….

  • The above sort of situation is, IMHO, much more common than some kind of crude dogmatic Popperian falsificationism that you seem to think is so common.

    Demarcation as Politics

  • Before that point, the two dominant theories of rationality were confirmationism (scientists should accept theories that are probably true, given the evidence) and falsificationism (scientists should reject theories that make false predictions about observables and replace them with theories that conform to all available evidence).

    Historicist Theories of Rationality

  • Each of these theories springs from purely logical roots, confirmationism from Carnap's work on inductive logic, and falsificationism from Popper's rejection of inductive logic coupled with his assertion that universals can be falsified by a single counter-instance.

    Historicist Theories of Rationality

  • There appear to be serious tensions between Popper's falsificationism and his defense of situational logic, and his discussion of situational logic has not been as influential as his falsificationism.

    Philosophy of Economics

  • Generalizations with exceptions illustrate some subtle nuances in the relationship between Popperian falsificationism and the learning-theoretic idea of reliable convergence to the truth.

    Formal Learning Theory


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