Philosophy and History of Science and Technology

TAMUCC Philosophy and History of Science and Technology Don Berkich
Philosophy Problem Set 01 Handout

1. The Standard View

In a long essay, explain 1) why Popper rejects confirmation as a demarcation criterion, 2) why Popper concludes that the truth of a theory cannot be established to some probability even given the evidence for it, and 3) what Popper means by falsification as a demarcation criterion. (25)

2. Kuhn's Response

In a long essay, explain Kuhn's argument that we can establish Astrology is a pseudoscience but we cannot use Popper's criteria to do so. By what criteria should we exclude Astrology as a science, according to Kuhn? Use examples other than Astrology to explain your answer. (25)