The Second Verificationists

October 2007
Eurasian Journal of Educational Research (EJER);Oct2007, Issue 29, p35
Academic Journal
Background: Demarcation problem seems to be related to the problems of scientific method, progress and activity. And Logical Positivists or the scholars of Vienna Circle held that they have already cleared it up. However, many philosophers and historians of science have still occupied themselves dealing with the so-called demarcation problem, because they ask justly if the principle of verifiability, based on sense experience, of Logical Positivists has ironed it out and they also have searched for whether or not verification on the basis of sense experience is the only kind of verification. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to set forth or inquiry into the ideas of some philosophers of science in 20th century regarding verification criterion or the principle of verifiability, who are in a sense so keen on keeping verification, the characteristics of which is not limited to observation or sense experience like Logical Positivists argued. Methods: Comparison and analysis of the primary sources of the texts and the books of some leading philosophers of science by employing historical method. Findings/Results: There appears to be some other kinds of verifications, such as verification on the basis of paradigms offered by Kuhn and verification on the basis of holism spelled out by Duhem and Quine. Conclusions/Recommendations: In this work, it is to be concluded that verification on the basis of observation or sense experience proposed and defended by Logical Positivists is not the only one, because it seems that there are some other thinkers and philosophers who are verificationists or justificationists who, I am of the opinion that, are to be called as the Second Verificationists.


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