Tautological Status of the Law of Theory Demarcation

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Is the law of theory demarcation a tautology, i.e. can it in principle be violated?

As any law, the law of theory demarcation attempts to forbid certain courses of action, for otherwise it would lack any empirical content and would be a tautology. The question is whether the law is tautological or non-tautological, i.e. whether there are conceivable circumstances under which the law can in principle be violated.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Patrick Fraser and Ameer Sarwar in 2018.


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The Law of Theory Demarcation is Not a Tautology (Sarwar-Fraser-2018)The law of theory demarcation is not a tautology.2018
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Sciento-2018-0014Scientonomy28 December 2018Accept the law of theory demarcation as a new scientonomic axiom. Also accept questions concerning indicators of scientificity as legitimate topics of scientonomic inquiry.Open

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This topic is a sub-topic of Mechanism of Theory Demarcation.