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TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

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Protecting Florida Panthers

Protecting Florida Panthers

Historical-Comparativist Methods in Zoology

(p.128) Chapter 10 Protecting Florida Panthers

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Oxford University Press

The chapter summarizes a prominent alternative to the dominant hypothesis-deduction method, one inspired by historian Thomas Kuhn’s argument that science often undergoes revolutions that cause rejection of accepted findings. However, the chapter shows that another alternative method, theory comparison, especially as espoused by Larry Laudan, also fails in allowing reliance on suspect evidence. The case study, about the Florida Panther, shows that scientists adopted flawed habitat models because they merely compared theories rather than searched for better ones.

Keywords:   comparison, Florida Panther, habitat model, Kuhn, Laudan

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