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One goal for all the sciences?


Tietz, Sarah (2009). One goal for all the sciences? Conceptus Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 38(94):61-72.

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SummaryIn numerous writings Philip Kitcher argues against the thesis that understanding nature or searching for truth in general are goals that are shared by all the sciences. Neither do the sciences aim for common distinctive truths, such as natural laws. Thus, the question is: can the sciences be characterized as sciences by one of their goals? According to Kitcher this seems possible. The sciences, so he claims, aim for unification. In this paper I shall argue that unification should not be understood as an aim but rather as a method the sciences use depending on the specific problems they pursue. Therefore, it seems, there is not one goal for all the sciences.

Abstract

SummaryIn numerous writings Philip Kitcher argues against the thesis that understanding nature or searching for truth in general are goals that are shared by all the sciences. Neither do the sciences aim for common distinctive truths, such as natural laws. Thus, the question is: can the sciences be characterized as sciences by one of their goals? According to Kitcher this seems possible. The sciences, so he claims, aim for unification. In this paper I shall argue that unification should not be understood as an aim but rather as a method the sciences use depending on the specific problems they pursue. Therefore, it seems, there is not one goal for all the sciences.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:1 January 2009
Deposited On:14 Nov 2018 14:39
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:11
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:2196-9523
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/cpt-2009-9406
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencegruyter101515cpt20099406 (Library Catalogue)

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