Philosophy of Science Naturalized

  title={Philosophy of Science Naturalized},
  author={Ronald N. Giere},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={331 - 356}
  • R. Giere
  • Published 1 September 1985
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
In arguing a "role for history," Kuhn was proposing a naturalized philosophy of science. That, I argue, is the only viable approach to the philosophy of science. I begin by exhibiting the main general objections to a naturalistic approach. These objections, I suggest, are equally powerful against nonnaturalistic accounts. I review the failure of two nonnaturalistic approaches, methodological foundationism (Carnap, Reichenbach, and Popper) and metamethodology (Lakatos and Laudan). The correct… 
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