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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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Why the Demarcation Problem Matters

Why the Demarcation Problem Matters

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Why the Demarcation Problem Matters
Source:
Philosophy of Pseudoscience
Author(s):

Massimo Pigliucci

Maarten Boudry

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to offer a lively and constructive discussion about demarcationism among philosophers, sociologists, historians, and professional skeptics. By proposing something of a new philosophical subdiscipline, the Philosophy of Pseudoscience, it attempts to convince those following in Larry Laudan's footsteps that the term “pseudoscience” does single out something real that merits attention. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   philosophers, scientists, sociologists, historians, skeptics, pseudoscience, demarcation problem, Larry Laudan

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