Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Johnson, R.

Keywords

Philosophy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

An overall depreciation of scientific thought is the converging point of almost all the trends in post-positivist and post-modern philosophy. However, the lowering of scientific methodology and scientific modes of thinking in general, along with the scientific ideals of objective truth, progress and development, is no hidden issue in the post-modern philosophy: it thrives on such criticism and openly declares its discontentment with scientific modes of thinking and criteria of reasoning. But the strategy adopted by at least some of the post-positivist trends, is somewhat misleading. These trends launch attack on science under the guise of demolishing the positivist conception of science. Presenting themselves as the real champions and saviours of science and enemies of positivism, they attempt to dislodge the very premise on which scientific knowledge rests. Karl Popper can be considered as the originator of one such trend in Post-positivist philosophy of science. He sought to establish the impossibility of justification in scientific knowledge through and on the basis of his criticism of induction. This thesis is a little effort to consolidate the fact that the justification of the truth of scientific theories is no trivial affair that can be tossed overboard without serious afterthought. An effort has been made to show that Popper's criticism of induction and his dismissal of justificationism from the realm of science, is without foundations.Dept. of Philosophy. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .M855. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0077. Adviser: Ralph Henry Johnson. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.

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