Is Science Rational: Critical Analysis on Thomas Kuhn’s Objectivity, Value Judgment and Theory Choice and Harvey Siegel’s Inquiry Concerning the Rationality of Science
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 61-67
Received: May 27, 2020; Accepted: Jun. 22, 2020; Published: Jul. 30, 2020
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Abdeta Mamo Hiko, Department of Civics and Ethical Studies, Madda Walabu University, Bale, Robe, Ethiopia
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Is science rational is the central concern of this paper. The paper mainly examines the wisdom of science based on Thomas Kuhn objectivity, value judgment and theory choice and Harvey Siegel’s examination about the rationality of science. In doing so for Kuhn, the central argument of scientific rationality is reasonableness and logicality in justification and to be reasonable and logically justifiable for what we do. What ensures that science is rational is the dedication to evidence. It also explores Siegel’s concept of scientific method and his justification of the received view of science. Thus, I employed philosophical method of analysis and phenomenology. This paper maintains that choosing rational activity of our reason for the rival theories is not determined by universal standard. I thus, suggested that his rationality of science as lack of objective reasons for why scientists should favour one theory over another. Instead, my main argument Kuhn rationality of science in his five criterion of theory choice is imprecise. Because, this standard restrict one’s which is theory choices are not sufficient to persuade or clearly to confirm the choice of one paradigm over the other. Thus, I deffend the position that no rational justification outside paradigm and I argues, against a kind of rationality with which science should be identified and proceeds in agreement.
Science, Rationality of Science, Theory Choice, Objectivity, Value Judgment, Scientific Method
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Abdeta Mamo Hiko, Is Science Rational: Critical Analysis on Thomas Kuhn’s Objectivity, Value Judgment and Theory Choice and Harvey Siegel’s Inquiry Concerning the Rationality of Science, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2020, pp. 61-67. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20200803.11
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