Essay about Karl Popper And Paul Feyerabend

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Despite key differences in their solutions, both Karl Popper and Paul Feyerabend noticed issues with the positivist system of scientific discoveries and attempted to develop new methods for understanding science. Popper developed new understandings surrounding the theory dependence of observation, and the flaws of induction. His system of falsificationism was a key factor in the development of sociology of science as a whole and of Feyerabend’s system of Epistemological anarchism. Feyerabend built on Popper’s ideas and criticisms and took heavy issue with the positivist model of the consistency condition, and his work has helped change our understanding of the sociology of science and the nature of scientific theories immensely.
The positivist description of science was a long standing theory for the description of how science should work. This description is based upon the ideas of induction. Induction is the belief that all scientific knowledge should be found by viewing the world and then making statements about what is observable. It suggests that something cannot be proven unless it has been seen with the naked eye, so any theories about molecules or atoms must be disregarded as these things cannot be seen and are therefore unverifiable. Following from this is the assumption that nature is filled with facts and that through careful study, humans will be able to collect these facts and build a clearer picture of the world. As such, an inductivist’s method begins first…

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