Science is neither sacred nor a confidence trick

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The Old Deferentialism, taking science to enjoy a privileged epistemic standing because of its uniquely rational and objective method, is over-optimistic. But there is no need to conclude, like the New Cynics, that appeals to evidence, rationality, objectivity are mere rhetorical bullying. A new theory of scientific method and knowledge is developed, which combines logical and social elements, and reveals science to be not epistemologically privileged, but epistemologically distinguished.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-335
Number of pages13
JournalFoundations of Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1995


  • epistomology
  • evidence
  • objectivity
  • scientific method
  • social constructivism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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