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  1. Progress and its Problems: Toward a Theory of Scientific Growth.Larry Laudan - 1977 - University of California Press.
    (This insularity was further promoted by the guileless duplicity of scholars in other fields, who were all too prepared to bequeath "the problem of ...
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  2. A Confutation of Convergent Realism.Larry Laudan - 1981 - Philosophy of Science 48 (1):19-49.
    This essay contains a partial exploration of some key concepts associated with the epistemology of realist philosophies of science. It shows that neither reference nor approximate truth will do the explanatory jobs that realists expect of them. Equally, several widely-held realist theses about the nature of inter-theoretic relations and scientific progress are scrutinized and found wanting. Finally, it is argued that the history of science, far from confirming scientific realism, decisively confutes several extant versions of avowedly 'naturalistic' forms of scientific (...)
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  3. Science and Values: The Aims of Science and Their Role in Scientific Debate.Larry Laudan - 1984 - University of California Press.
    Laudan constructs a fresh approach to a longtime problem for the philosopher of science: how to explain the simultaneous and widespread presence of both agreement and disagreement in science. Laudan critiques the logical empiricists and the post-positivists as he stresses the need for centrality and values and the interdependence of values, methods, and facts as prerequisites to solving the problems of consensus and dissent in science.
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    A Confutation of Convergent Realism.Larry Laudan - 1980 - In Yuri Balashov & Alexander Rosenberg (eds.), Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Readings. Routledge. pp. 211.
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    Science and Values: The Aims of Science and Their Role in Scientific Debate.Larry Laudan - 1984 - University of California Press.
    Laudan constructs a fresh approach to a longtime problem for the philosopher of science: how to explain the simultaneous and widespread presence of both agreement and disagreement in science. Laudan critiques the logical empiricists and the post-positivists as he stresses the need for centrality and values and the interdependence of values, methods, and facts as prerequisites to solving the problems of consensus and dissent in science.
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  6. The Demise of the Demarcation Problem.Larry Laudan - 1983 - In Robert S. Cohen & Larry Laudan (eds.), Physics, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Adolf Grünbaum. D. Reidel. pp. 111--127.
  7. Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination.Larry Laudan & Jarrett Leplin - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (9):449-472.
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    Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination.Larry Laudan & Jarrett Leplin - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (9):449.
  9. Beyond Positivism and Relativism: Theory, Method, and Evidence.Larry Laudan - 1996 - Westview Press.
    By targeting and critiquing these assumptions, he lays the groundwork for a post-positivist philosophy of science that does not provide aid and comfort to the enemies of reason. This book consists of thirteen essays.
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  10. Truth, Error, and Criminal Law: An Essay in Legal Epistemology.Larry Laudan - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
    Beginning with the premise that the principal function of a criminal trial is to find out the truth about a crime, Larry Laudan examines the rules of evidence and procedure that would be appropriate if the discovery of the truth were, as higher courts routinely claim, the overriding aim of the criminal justice system. Laudan mounts a systematic critique of existing rules and procedures that are obstacles to that quest. He also examines issues of error distribution by offering the first (...)
     
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  11. Demystifying Underdetermination.Larry Laudan - 1990 - In C. Wade Savage (ed.), Scientific Theories. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 267-97.
  12. Progress or Rationality? The Prospects for Normative Naturalism.Larry Laudan - 1987 - American Philosophical Quarterly 24 (1):19 - 31.
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    Science and Hypothesis: Historical Essays on Scientific Methodology.Larry Laudan & R. Laudan - 1981 - Springer.
    This book consists of a collection of essays written between 1965 and 1981. Some have been published elsewhere; others appear here for the first time. Although dealing with different figures and different periods, they have a common theme: all are concerned with examining how the method of hy pothesis came to be the ruling orthodoxy in the philosophy of science and the quasi-official methodology of the scientific community. It might have been otherwise. Barely three centuries ago, hypothetico deduction was in (...)
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    Science and Relativism: Some Key Controversies in the Philosophy of Science.Larry Laudan - 1990 - University of Chicago Press.
    Some Key Controversies in the Philosophy of Science Larry Laudan. the mouths of my realist, relativist, and positivist. (By contrast, there is at least one person who hews to the line I have my prag- matist defending.) But I have gone to some  ...
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    Science and Values.Harold I. Brown & Larry Laudan - 1986 - Philosophical Review 95 (3):439.
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  16. Normative Naturalism.Larry Laudan - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (1):44-59.
    Normative naturalism is a view about the status of epistemology and philosophy of science; it is a meta-epistemology. It maintains that epistemology can both discharge its traditional normative role and nonetheless claim a sensitivity to empirical evidence. The first sections of this essay set out the central tenets of normative naturalism, both in its epistemic and its axiological dimensions; later sections respond to criticisms of that species of naturalism from Gerald Doppelt, Jarrett Leplin and Alex Rosenberg.
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  17. The Epistemic, the Cognitive, and the Social.Larry Laudan - 2004 - In Peter Machamer & Gereon Wolters (eds.), Science, values, and objectivity. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 14-23.
  18. Scientific Change: Philosophical Models and Historical Research.Larry Laudan, Arthur Donovan, Rachel Laudan, Peter Barker, Harold Brown, Jarrett Leplin, Paul Thagard & Steve Wykstra - 1986 - Synthese 69 (2):141 - 223.
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    Progress and Its Problems: Towards a Theory of Scientific Growth.T. S. Weston & Larry Laudan - 1978 - Philosophical Review 87 (4):614.
  20. Beyond Positivism and Relativism.Larry Laudan - 1998 - Mind 107 (425):233-235.
     
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  21. A Problem-Solving Approach to Scientific Progress.Larry Laudan - 1981 - In Ian Hacking (ed.), Scientific Revolutions. Oxford University Press.
     
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  22. Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change.Arthur Donovan, Larry Laudan & Rachel Laudan - 1994 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (4):1063-1065.
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    Progress and Its Problems: Toward a Theory of Scientific Growth.Larry Laudan - 1980 - Erkenntnis 15 (1):91-103.
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  24. Realism Without the Real.Larry Laudan - 1984 - Philosophy of Science 51 (1):156-162.
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    II.1 The Pseudo-Science of Science?Larry Laudan - 1981 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 11 (2):173-198.
  26. Two Dogmas of Methodology.Larry Laudan - 1976 - Philosophy of Science 43 (4):585-597.
    This paper argues that it has been widely assumed by philosophers of science that the cumulative retention of explanatory success is a "sine qua non" for making judgements about the progress or rational preferability of one theory over another. It has also been assumed that it is impossible to make objective, Comparative judgements of the acceptability of rival theories unless all the statements of both theories could be translated into a common language. This paper seeks to show that both these (...)
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  27. Aim-Less Epistemology?Larry Laudan - 1990 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 21 (2):315-322.
  28. Beyond Positivism and Relativism: Theory, Method, and Evidence.Larry Laudan - 1998 - Philosophy 73 (283):136-139.
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  29. Commentary: Science at the Bar-Causes for Concern.Larry Laudan - 1982 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 7 (41):16-19.
  30. William Whewell on the Consilience of Inductions.Larry Laudan - 1971 - The Monist 55 (3):368-391.
    Most contributions to Whewell scholarship have tended to stress the idealistic, antiempirical temper of Whewell’s philosophy. Thus, the only two monograph-length studies on Whewell, Blanché’s Le Rationalisme de Whewell and Marcucci’s L’ ‘Idealismo’ Scientifico di William Whewell, are, as their titles suggest, concerned primarily with Whewell’s departures from classical British empiricism. Particularly in his famous dispute with Mill, it has proved tempting to parody Whewell’s position in the debate by treating it as a straightforward encounter between an arch-empiricist and an (...)
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  31. Beyond Positivism and Relativism: Theory, Method, and Evidence.Larry Laudan - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (3):447-454.
     
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  32. If It Ain’T Broke, Don’T Fix It.Larry Laudan - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):369-375.
  33. Progress or Rationality.Larry Laudan - 1996 - In David Papineau (ed.), The Philosophy of Science. Oxford University Press. pp. 194--214.
     
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  34. Some Problems Facing Intuitionist Meta-Methodologies.Larry Laudan - 1986 - Synthese 67 (1):115 - 129.
    Intuitionistic meta-methodologies, which abound in recent philosophy of science, take the criterion of success for theories of scientific rationality to be whether those theories adequately explicate our intuitive judgments of rationality in exemplary cases. Garber's (1985) critique of Laudan's (1977) intuitionistic meta-methodology, correct as far as it goes, does not go far enough. Indeed, Garber himself advocates a form of intuitionistic meta-methodology; he merely denies any special role for historical (as opposed to contemporary or imaginary) test cases. What all such (...)
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  35. Progress and Its Problems: Towards a New Theory of Scientific Growth.Larry Laudan - 1979 - Synthese 42 (3):443-464.
     
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    Dominance and the Disunity of Method: Solving the Problems of Innovation and Consensus.Rachel Laudan & Larry Laudan - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (2):221-237.
    It is widely supposed that the scientists in any field use identical standards for evaluating theories. Without such unity of standards, consensus about scientific theories is supposedly unintelligible. However, the hypothesis of uniform standards can explain neither scientific disagreement nor scientific innovation. This paper seeks to show how the presumption of divergent standards (when linked to a hypothesis of dominance) can explain agreement, disagreement and innovation. By way of illustrating how a rational community with divergent standards can encourage innovation and (...)
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  37. Relativism, Naturalism and Reticulation.Larry Laudan - 1987 - Synthese 71 (3):221 - 234.
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    Determination Underdeterred: Reply to Kukla.Jarrett Leplin & Larry Laudan - 1993 - Analysis 53 (1):8 - 16.
  39. The Rules of Trial, Political Morality and the Costs of Error: Or, Is Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Doing More Harm Than Good?Larry Laudan - 2011 - In Leslie Green & Brian Leiter (eds.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Commentary: Science at the Bar–Causes for Concern.Larry Laudan - 1982 - Science, Technology and Human Values 7 (4):16-19.
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    Thoughts on HPS: 20 Years Later.Larry Laudan - 1989 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 20 (1):9-13.
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    The Re-Emergence of Hyphenated History-and-Philosophy-of-Science and the Testing of Theories of Scientific Change.Larry Laudan & Rachel Laudan - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 59:74-77.
  43. How About Bust? Factoring Explanatory Power Back Into Theory Evaluation.Larry Laudan - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (2):306-316.
    1. Introduction. The papers by Hellman and Mayo offer up a rich menu of problems and proposed solutions, so there is much here for a friendly critic to fasten on. In order to bring a modicum of focus to my commentary, I shall limit my remarks to the Duhem problem and its radiations in epistemology and methodology. Both Mayo and Hellman claim to have solutions to that hoary old problem and they tout these solutions as key indicators of the explanatory (...)
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    Damn the Consequences!Larry Laudan - 1995 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 69 (2):27 - 34.
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    Towards a Reassessment of Comte’s ‘Methode Positive’.Larry Laudan - 1971 - Philosophy of Science 38 (1):35-53.
    In this study of Auguste Comte's philosophy of science, an attempt is made to explicate his views on such methodological issues as explanation, prediction, induction and hypothesis. Comte's efforts to resolve the dual problems of demarcation and meaning led to the enunciation of principles of verifiability and predictability. Comte's hypothetico-deductive method is seen to permit conjectures dealing with unobservable entities.
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    Determination Underdeterred: Reply to Kukla.Larry Laudan & Alonso Church - 1993 - Analysis 53 (1):8.
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    Methodology's Prospects.Larry Laudan - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:347 - 354.
    For positivists and post-positivists alike, methodology had a decidedly suspect status. Positivists saw methodological rules as stipulative conventions, void of any empirical content. Post-positivists (especially naturalistic ones) see such rules as mere descriptions of how research is conducted, carrying no normative force. It is argued here that methodological rules are fundamentally empirical claims, but ones which have significant normative bite. Methodology is thus divorced both from foundationalism and conventionalism.
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  48. The Elementary Epistemic Arithmetic of Criminal Justice.Larry Laudan - 2008 - Episteme 5 (3):282-294.
    This paper propounds the following theses: 1). that the traditional focus on the Blackstone ratio of errors as a device for setting the criminal standard of proof is ill-conceived, 2). that the preoccupation with the rate of false convictions in criminal trials is myopic, and 3). that the key ratio of interest, in judging the political morality of a system of criminal justice, involves the relation between the risk that an innocent person runs of being falsely convicted of a serious (...)
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  49. The Rules of Trial, Political Morality and the Costs of Error: Or, Is Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Doing More Harm Than Good?Larry Laudan - 2011 - In Leslie Green & Brian Leiter (eds.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law: Volume 1. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Is Reasonable Doubt Reasonable?Larry Laudan - 2003 - Legal Theory 9 (4):295-331.
    It is difficult, if not impossible, to so define the term as to satisfy a subtle and metaphysical mind, bent on the detection of some point, however attenuated, upon which to hang a criticism. —Supreme Court of Virginia 1.
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