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Loki's wager and Laudan's error: on genuine and territorial demarcation

  title={Loki's wager and Laudan's error: on genuine and territorial demarcation},
  author={Maarten Boudry},
Is the demarcation problem dead, or are the rumors of its demise greatly exaggerated? ! e answer depends on whom you ask. Some philosophers of science have voiced the opinion that the demarcation project has been something of an embarrassment to their discipline and that terms like “pseudoscience” and “nonscience” should be erased from our philosophical vocabulary, wedded as they are to a naïve conception of science and its borderlines. Nowadays philosophy of science has recovered somewhat from… 
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  • J. Zimring
  • Philosophy
    What Science Is and How It Really Works
  • 2019
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