Popper's Motivations for Demarcation
Categories : Nature of Science, Philosophy
Editor : macht
published: vendredi 22 décembre 2006 8:10:34
Popper was very clear that his motivation for his interest in the demarcation problem was not truth. Below the fold, I quote some text from Popper's book Conjectures and Refutations.
The problem which troubled me at the time was neither, "When is a theory true?"nor, "When is a theory acceptable?" My problem was different. I wished to distinguish between science and pseudo-science; knowing very well that science often errs, and that pseudo-science may happen to stumble on the truth.