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Critical review of Karl Poppers book: The Logic of Scientific Discoveries
Finance & Accounting
Pages 15 (3765 words)
Name: Course: Date: Critical review of Karl Poppers’ The Logic of Scientific Discoveries Introduction Karl Popper is characterizes as “the most prominent” proponent of “logical decuctionism” in the 20th century (Turner 2006, 343). Popper’s The Logic of Scientific Discovery first published in 1934 has emerged as the 20th century’s model for deductionism (Turner 2006, 343).
The scientific truth is revealed when a theory is proven false under Popper’s famous falsificationism doctrine. Drawing on Popper’s deductive theory and falsificationism doctrine, Simon (1973) argues that Popper is essentially stating that “scientific discovery has no logic” (471). In other words, despite the Popper’s title, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Popper argues quite the opposite proposition throughout his book. The title of the book implies that there is logic associated with scientific discovery. However, a close reading of the text reveals that there is little or no logic to scientific discovery. Scientific discovery commences with random suppositions which are tested so that those that can withstand rigorous tests to refute these suppositions are the end result of scientific discovery. As Shah (2008) puts it: When Popper refers to the logic of scientific discovery, he uses the term ‘discovery’ as a success word, implying that a discovery is something that has already survived critical refutation (303). This paper provides a critical analysis of Popper’s the Logic of Scientific Discovery and focuses more intently on the concept that the book’s title is misleading. ...
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