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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 Problem of Demarcation

The Problem of Demarcation

History and Future

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(p.101) 6 The Problem of Demarcation
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Philosophy of Pseudoscience
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Thomas Nickles

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.003.0007

This chapter begins with a historical background of the demarcation problem. It then reviews some twentieth-century developments; considers demarcation as a social problem; and offers a summary of philosophical difficulties with demarcation. It concludes that demarcation should proceed on several fronts, not one which is intellectually decisive but which, together, provide sufficient purchase for practical purposes on neutral playing fields.

Keywords:   demarcation problem, social problem, philosophical difficulties

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