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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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The Demarcation Problem

The Demarcation Problem

A (Belated) Response to Laudan

(p.9) 1 The Demarcation Problem
Philosophy of Pseudoscience

Massimo Pigliucci

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that Laudan's claim that the demarcation problem has been solved was premature. It first reviews Karl Popper's original arguments concerning demarcation and falsification. It then comments on Laudan's brief history of the demarcation problem and argues against Laudan's “metaphilosophical interlude,” where he sets out the demarcation problem as he understands it. Finally, it attempts to rethink the problem itself, building on an observation made by Kuhn (1974, 803) and a suggestion contributed by Dupré (1993).

Keywords:   Larry Laudan, Karl Popper, demarcation, falsification, Kuhn, Dupré, metaphilosophical interlude

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