Andersen and Hepburn (2015)

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Andersen, Hanne and Hepburn, Brian. (2015) Scientific Method. In Zalta (Ed.) (2016). Retrieved from

Title Scientific Method
Resource Type collection article
Author(s) Hanne Andersen, Brian Hepburn
Year 2015
Collection Zalta (Ed.) (2016)


This Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article provides an historical overview of philosophical conceptions of the methods of science. The first section covers scientific methods, focusing on avowed methodologies prior to the twentieth century, from Plato and Aristotle to William Whewell and John Stuart Mill Mostly avowed methodologies are discussed. The logical positivists and their critics are then covered, including Popper's falsificationism.