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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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Is a Science of the Supernatural Possible?

Is a Science of the Supernatural Possible?

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(p.247) 13 Is a Science of the Supernatural Possible?
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Philosophy of Pseudoscience
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Evan Fales

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.003.0014

This chapter examines arguments for the view that any science of the supernatural must be a pseudoscience. It shows that many of these arguments are not good arguments. It also argues that, contrary to recent philosophical discussions, the appeal to the supernatural should not be ruled out as science for methodological reasons, but rather because the notion of supernatural intervention probably suffers from fatal flaws.

Keywords:   science, pseudoscience, supernatural

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