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LC control 85118582
LC classificationQ175
Topical headingScience--Philosophy
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Variant(s)Normal science
Philosophy of science
Found inWikipedia, Dec. 19, 2014: Philosophy of science (Philosophy of science is a branch of philosophy concerned with the foundations, methods, and implications of science. The central questions concern what counts as science, the reliability of scientific theories, and the purpose of science)
The philosophy of science, via University of California, Berkeley Understanding science website, Dec. 19, 2014 (There is an entire field of rigorous academic study that deals specifically with what science is, how it works, and the logic through which we build scientific knowledge. This branch of philosophy is handily called the philosophy of science)
RationalWiki website, Dec. 19, 2014 (Philosophy of Science is a branch of formal philosophy dedicated to questions about science and the scientific method. It is not an attempt to "do" science, but to ask questions about why and how science is done and why it may be a good method. It also deals with the nature of knowledge - what constitutes knowledge and how it affects science. In the practical sense, "the" philosophy of science is almost synonymous with the scientific method - it is the philosophy and ideal that scientists hold and that they believe they should ascribe to)
Britannica online, Dec. 19, 2014 (Philosophy of science, the study, from a philosophical perspective, of the elements of scientific inquiry)