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The British Society for the Philosophy of Science

The Nature of Philosophical Problems and Their Roots in Science Author(s): K. R. Popper Source: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 3, No. 10 (Aug., 1952), pp. 124-156 Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Society for the Philosophy of Science Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/685553 . Accessed: 13/09/2013 04:37
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The belief that there is such a thing as physics, or biology, or archaeology,and that these 'studies' or 'disciplines' are distinguishableby the subject matter which they investigate, appearsto me to be a residue from the time when one believed that a theory had to proceedfrom a definitionof its own subjectmatter.2 But subjectmatter,or kinds of things, or classes
* The Chairman's address, delivered at the meeting of 28 April 1952, to the Philosophy of Science Group of the British Society for the History of Science. 1 call this a minor problem because I believe that it can easily be solved, by refuting the (' relativistic') doctrine indicated in the text. 2 This view is part of what I have called 'essentialism'. Cf. for example my N.S., 1944, II, Open Society,ch. II, or

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