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For this weeks discussion forum you
will need to
do two things. First, you must
post a substantive response to any one (or more) of
the open-answer questions provided below by
Thursday, midnight, of
this week (week 7). Second, you must
provide critical feedback to at least two of your peers by
Sunday, midnight, of
this week.
Questions
(1) What is the distinction between the
manifest image and the scientific image?
(2)
What is logical
empiricism in the philosophy of science, and what problems does it face?
(3)
What is meant by the idea that observation is theory-laden?
(4)
What is the deductive-nomological model of
scientific explanation?
(5) What is falsificationism, and how is supposed to demarcate genuine science from
pseudo-science?
(6)
What is scientific realism, and how does it account for scientific progress?
(7) What is scientific instrumentalism, and how does it differ from scientific realism?
(8)
What is the
underdetermination of theory by data thesis, and what implications might it
have for scientific realism?
(9)
What is the no miracles argument for scientific realism?
How plausible is it?
(10)
What is the
incommensurability thesis, and what challenge does it pose for scientific
realism?