Theoria 88 (3):701-720 (2022)

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Ilmari Hirvonen
University of Helsinki
Janne Karisto
University of Helsinki
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This paper reviews how research on the demarcation problem has developed, starting from Popper’s criterion of falsifiability and ending with recent naturalistically oriented approaches. The main differences between traditional and contemporary approaches to the problem are explicated in terms of six postulates called the traditional assumptions. It is argued that all of the assumptions can be dismissed without giving up on the demarcation problem and that doing so might benefit further discussions on pseudoscience. Four present-day research movements on evaluating the boundaries of science are introduced: (1) philosophy of pseudoscience, (2) social epistemology of dissent, (3) agnotology, and (4) evaluation of expertise. Researchers working within these areas have abandoned some or all traditional assumptions.
Keywords agnotology  demarcation  expertise  naturalistic turn  pseudoscience  social epistemology
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DOI 10.1111/theo.12395
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