C. J. Misak

in Truth and the End of Inquiry

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270590
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603174 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs


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This chapter shows that the thin characterizations of inquiry and scientific method articulated in Chapter two are accompanied by a powerful system of norms that can transform ‘learning from experience’ into the most sophisticated form of investigation. It argues that the interpretation of Peirce’s view — that science is self-correcting and must eventually converge upon the truth — is incorrect. When the correct account is provided, a coherent picture of Peirce’s conception of inquiry, progress, and truth can be obtained.

Keywords: Peirce; truth; abduction; induction; deduction; probability

Chapter.  15242 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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