Philosophy of science
Thalos, Mariam Department of Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Last reviewed:March 2019
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The subfield of philosophy that treats fundamental questions pertaining to science. The philosophy of science explores the fundamental principles, purposes, methodologies, implications, and reliability of the human enterprise known as science. It seeks to describe our best understanding of the universe, at all scales, as well as to engage with the question of how we can—as fallible organisms—reliably come to possess such knowledge. How can it be possible for us to arrive at theories that describe the world as it really is, seeing as how our efforts to model it are based on the qualities and features available to human perception and experience, as limited and biased as we know these can be (Fig. 1)? See also: Experiment; Science; Scientific methods; Theoretical physics; Universe
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