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Single Idea 3870

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / G. Scientific Philosophy / 1. Aims of Science]

Full Idea

Once we move beyond investigating correlations between observables the question of what does or should guide our choice between alternative explanatory accounts becomes problematic.

Gist of Idea

The real problem of science is how to choose between possible explanations


W.H. Newton-Smith (The Rationality of Science [1981], IX.2)

Book Reference

Newton-Smith,W.H.: 'The Rationality of Science' [RKP 1981], p.211