Longino (2016b)

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Longino, Helen. (2016) Foregrounding the Background. Philosophy of Science 83 (5), 647-661.

Title Foregrounding the Background
Resource Type journal article
Author(s) Helen Longino
Year 2016
DOI doi:10.1086/687990
Journal Philosophy of Science
Volume 83
Number 5
Pages 647-661


Practice-centric and theory-centric approaches in philosophy of science are described and contrasted. The contrast is developed through an examination of their different treatments of the underdetermination problem. The practice-centric approach is illustrated by a summary of comparative research on approaches in the biology of behaviour. The practice-centric approach is defended against charges that it encourages skepticism regarding the sciences.