The Inductive Style

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A scientific paper is supposed to be innovative, to comprise a contribution to the stock of human knowledge. The trouble is, we do not know what innovation is, what the stock of human knowledge is, and how the one augments the other. The discovery of the New World is a paradigm case; should we ascribe it to the first humans who crossed the Bering Sea, to the first Vikings who crossed the Atlantic Ocean, to Christopher Columbus, or to Amerigo Vespucci? Each of these options rests on a theory that is hardly articulated, much less open to critical assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
ISSN (Print)0068-0346
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7942


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