A Philosophy of Nursing Forum
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Our first official class discussion blog with Professor Bob Newsom! Let's get started...

We will be discussing scientific theory and epistemology this week.

Discussion Questions:

1. Scientific explanations should be testable, according to Rosenberg. Explain your understanding of the statement in chapter 4 (p 84):

…”almost from the onset science has explained by appeal to a realm of untestable entities, processes, things, events and properties. As far back as Newton, physicists and philosophers have been uncomfortable about the fact that such things seem both necessary and unknowable.”

2. Discuss critically: “Lots of scientists pursue science successfully without any regard to epistemology. The idea that science has an ‘official one’, and that empiricism is it, is wrong-headed.”


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