Single Idea 6804

[catalogued under 14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 1. Scientific Theory]

Full Idea

I find little concurrence as to what scientific method might actually be - the reason being, I conclude, that there is no such thing.

Gist of Idea

There is no agreement on scientific method - because there is no such thing


Alexander Bird (Philosophy of Science [1998], Ch.8)

Book Reference

Bird,Alexander: 'Philosophy of Science' [UCL Press 2000], p.259

A Reaction

I take the essence of science to be two things: first, becoming very fussy about empirical evidence; second, setting up controlled conditions to get at the evidence that seems to be needed. I agree that there seems to be no distinctive way of thinking.

Related Idea

Idea 20270 There is no one scientific method; we must try many approaches, and many emotions [Nietzsche]