The conduct of inquiry. Scranton, Penn.: Chandler Publishing Company,
- "the various sciences, taken together are not colonies subject to
the governance of logic." (p. 3)
- "The domain of truth has no fixed boundary within it"
"Every scientific community is a society in the small." (p. 4 )
- "What I am insisting on is that the standards of scientific practice
derive from science itself, even though the science of any period is intimately
involved with every other human concern." (p. 6)
- We all have physiologies and histories, and some of us also think and write
about these things. Similarly, scientists and philosophers use a logic ...
and some of them also formulate it explicitly. I call the former the logic-in-use,
and the latter the reconstructed logic. (p. 8).
- A reconstructed logic is itself... a hypothesis... It is not a question
of whether the facts can be so construed [to fit the hypothesis], but
rather whether it is still worthwhile to do so, whether the reconstruction
... continues to throw light on the sound operations operations actually
being used. (p10)
A reconstructed logic is not a description but rather an idealization
of scientific practice. (p.10)
- The crucial question concerns, not the intrinsic value of the reconstructed
logic taken in itself, but rather its usefulness in illuminating the logic
in use (p.11)
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