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Chapter 3: Popper and Mill: Fallibility, Falsification and Coherence

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Popper and Mill: Fallibility, Falsification and Coherence
Popper and mill: Fallibility, falsification and coherence

According to the epistemology of Descartes and of many of his successors, we should seek indubitable statements on which to found scientific knowledge. We should also seek precisely defined, reasoning procedures which allow us to use those statements to justify scientific laws or explanations. Such reasoning procedures should themselves be based on indubitable statements. As I pointed out in the introduction to this book, developments in science, philosophy and logic have led many thinkers to doubt there is such a foundation. Scientific and philosophical theories which appeared to be based on obviously true statements have turned out to be false or dubious. I mentioned in Chapter 2 that even some propositions of ...

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