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Philosophy of PseudoscienceReconsidering the Demarcation Problem$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226051796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.001.0001

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Science and Pseudoscience

Science and Pseudoscience

The Difference in Practice and the Difference It Makes

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(p.203) 11 Science and Pseudoscience
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Philosophy of Pseudoscience
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Michael Shermer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.003.0012

This chapter examines the demographics of pseudoscientific and the problems in finding agreement among scientists, philosophers, and historians of science on how best to demarcate science from pseudoscience. It examines how science is defined as a way of distinguishing it from pseudoscience; some examples of science, pseudoscience, and in-between claims; as well as how the legal system deals with the demarcation problem in court cases that require such a determination to adjudicate a legal dispute.

Keywords:   demarcation problem, science, pseudoscience, scientists, pseudoscientists

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