Just Say 'No' to Logical Negativism

in Karl Raimund Popper: Une épistémologie sans visage et sans rivage, ed. Marcel Nguimbi, Cahiers Epistemo-Logiques 4, no.1 (2016): 33-54

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-31

23 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2016

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Susan Haack

University of Miami - School of Law; University of Miami - Department of Philosophy

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Date Written: April 2016

Abstract

Karl Popper’s influential philosophy of science had the enthusiastic support of well-known scientists, and has even played a significant role in the U.S. legal system. Assessing the true value of Popper’s contribution to our understanding of science is complicated by the fact that, besides the authentic, uncompromisingly falsificationist Popper, there is also a shadow Popper who offers more modest, and more plausible, ideas. But the authentic Popper’s original and distinctive claims about science are indefensible; and the shadow Popper’s more defensible ideas are not original. The Critical Common-sensist approach developed in my Defending Science — Within Reason resolves the difficulties of Popper’s Logical Negativism, and provides a much more plausible account of the scientific enterprise.

Keywords: science, Popper, falsificationism, deductivism, verisimilitude, skepticism, Peirce, Whewell, Critical Common-sensism

Suggested Citation

Haack, Susan, Just Say 'No' to Logical Negativism (April 2016). in Karl Raimund Popper: Une épistémologie sans visage et sans rivage, ed. Marcel Nguimbi, Cahiers Epistemo-Logiques 4, no.1 (2016): 33-54; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808254

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