What Do We Mean by "Scientific?

What Do We Mean by "Scientific?,HENRY H. BAUER

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Abstract-There exists no simple,and satisfactory definition of "science." Such terms as "scientific" are used for rhetorical effect rather than with de- scriptive accuracy. The virtues associated with science-reliability, for in- stance-stem from the functioning,of the scientific community. When a question is used as the title of a talk (Bauer, 198 l), it is a reasonable assumption,that the question is being put rhetorically: the speaker intends to provide the answer. But that is not exactly my intention here. I will say some- thing about answers that have been suggested: but I shall maintain that the question remains open. I shall argue that no answer exists that is both short and empirically accurate: and none that is consensually accepted among,those who discuss such matters. I shall also argue that the term "scientific" is itself
Published in 1987.
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