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Henry E. Kyburg

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195062533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.001.0001

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(p.255) 16 Speculation
Science & Reason

Jr. Henry E. Kyburg

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Speculation is often opposed with scientific knowledge. Life existence on other planets of the solar system is through “sheer speculation,” while the chemical nature of the other planets' atmospheres is a matter of scientific knowledge. The present chapter does not dispute the distinction but it aims to examine the importance to science of speculation. The most vital role of speculation is that it provides us with scientific theories.

Keywords:   speculation, scientific knowledge, science, theories, distinction

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