The seven sins of pseudo-science

@article{Derksen1993TheSS,
  title={The seven sins of pseudo-science},
  author={Anthony A. Derksen},
  journal={Journal for General Philosophy of Science},
  year={1993},
  volume={24},
  pages={17-42}
}
  • A. A. Derksen
  • Published 1 March 1993
  • Philosophy
  • Journal for General Philosophy of Science
SummaryIn this paper I will argue that a profile of the pseudo-sciences can be gained from the scientific pretensions of the pseudo-scientist. These pretensions provide two yardsticks which together take care of the charge of scientific prejudice that any suggested demarcation of pseudo-science has to face. To demonstrate that my analysis has teeth I will apply it to Freud and modern-day Bach-kabbalists. Against Laudan I will argue that the problem of demarcation is not a pseudo-problem, though… 
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