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Philosophy of pseudoscience : reconsidering the demarcation problem

Author: Massimo Pigliucci; Marteen Boudry
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013.
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What sets the practice of rigorously tested, sound science apart from pseudoscience? This title seeks to answer this question, known to philosophers of science as "the demarcation problem."


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Pigliucci; Marteen Boudry
ISBN: 9780226051796 022605179X 9780226051963 022605196X
OCLC Number: 863036285
Notes: Notes bibliogr.
Description: 1 vol. (VIII-469 p.) : ill. ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: why the demarcation problem matters / Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry ; What's the problem with the demarcation problem? The demarcation problem: a (belated) response to Laudan / Massimo Pigliucci ; Science and pseudoscience: how to demarcate after the (alleged) demise of the demarcation problem? / Martin Mahner ; Toward a demarcation of science from pseudoscience / James Ladyman ; Defining pseudoscience and science / Sven Ove Hansson ; Loki's Wager and Laudan's error: on genuine and territorial demarcation / Maarten Boudry ; History and sociology of pseudoscience. The problem of demarcation: history and future / Thomas Nickles ; Science, pseudoscience, and science falsely so-called / Daniel P. Thurs and Ronald L. Numbers ; Paranormalism and pseudoscience as deviance / Erich Goode ; Belief buddies versus critical communities: the social organization of pseudoscience / Noretta Koertge ; The borderlands between science and pseudoscience. Science and the messy, uncontrollable world of nature / Carol E. Cleland and Sheralee Brindell ; Science and pseudoscience: the difference in practice and the difference it makes / Michael Shermer ; Evolution: from pseudoscience to popular science, from popular science to professional science / Michael Ruse ; Science and the supernatural. Is a science of the supernatural possible? / Evan Fales ; Navigating the landscape between science and religious pseudoscience: can Hume help? / Barbara Forrest ; True believers and their tactics. Argumentation and pseudoscience: the case for an ethics of argumentation / Jean Paul van Bendegem ; Why alternative medicine can be scientifically evaluated: countering the evasions of pseudoscience / Jesper Jerkert ; Pseudoscience: the case of Freud's sexual etiology of the neuroses / Frank Cioffi ; The Holocaust denier's playbook and the tobacco smokescreen: common threads in the thinking and tactics of denialists and pseudoscientists / Donald Prothero ; The cognitive roots of pseudoscience. Evolved to be irrational?: evolutionary and cognitive foundations of pseudosciences / Stefaan Blancke and Johan de Smedt ; Werewolves in scientists' clothing: understanding pseudoscientific cognition / Konrad Talmont-Kaminski ; The Salem region: two mindsets about science / John S. Wilkins ; Pseudoscience and idiosyncratic theories of rational belief / Nicholas Shackel ; Agentive thinking and illusions of understanding / Filip Buekens.
Responsibility: edited by Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry.
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