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Single Idea 20270

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

Full Idea

There is no one and only scientific method that leads to knowledge. We must proceed experimentally with things, be sometimes angry, sometimes affectionate towards them, and allow justice, passion, and coldness to follow one upon another.

Gist of Idea

There is no one scientific method; we must try many approaches, and many emotions


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 432)

A Reaction

Alexander Bird says the same thing in our time. I agree, but I think there is a core of controlled conditions and peer review.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.224

Related Idea

Idea 6804 There is no agreement on scientific method - because there is no such thing [Bird]