Scientific Rationality, Decision and Choice
Bulgarian Studies in the Philosophy of Science (ed. Dimitri Ginev), Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Volume 236, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.17-29;
Herein below I will try to set out certain innate traits of scientific rationality, by means of making a comparison between leading subjective and objective accounts of it in aspects representative for their explanatory potential.
Scientific rationality might well be taken in as a system of specific norms, originating from, and upheld by, a scientific community; norms offering a choice of best decisions in a set of rival alternatives. Hence, a study may be developed up to the evolvement of a uniform conception of scientific rationality and its variants.
. Bayesian inductivism demonstrates a better philosophical and methodological fruitfulness, serious heuristic potential and logical flexibility. It is superior to Popperianism in a number of aspects; however, it does not give what is due to the intersubjective foundations of rationality. The logic of decision calls for an adequate complement, plus development in an objective – even Popperian – spirit.
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scientific rationality, decision, Bayesianism