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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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Toward a Demarcation of Science from Pseudoscience

Toward a Demarcation of Science from Pseudoscience

(p.45) 3 Toward a Demarcation of Science from Pseudoscience
Philosophy of Pseudoscience

James Ladyman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter first distinguishes between the concepts of pseudoscience, nonscience, bad science, and science fraud. It then considers why we need the concept of pseudoscience. Next, it deploys Harry Frankfurt's famous analysis of “bullshit” to highlight the difference between pseudoscience and straightforward scientific fraud.

Keywords:   Harry Frankfurt, bullshit, pseudoscience, science fraud, social organization

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