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Radical Scepticism: an Issue for Science Education? Duncan Pritchard (2016) Epistemic Angst: Radical Scepticism and the Groundlessness of our Believing. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-691-16723-7, 239 pages, price USD 35 (hardback)

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Davson-Galle, P, Radical Scepticism: an Issue for Science Education? Duncan Pritchard (2016) Epistemic Angst: Radical Scepticism and the Groundlessness of our Believing. Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-691-16723-7, 239 pages, price USD 35 (hardback), Science and Education, 27, (3-4) pp. 387-404. ISSN 1573-1901 (2019) [Review Single Work]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11191-018-9966-y

Abstract

Science Education is concerned with Science. Science is centrally concerned with the task of understanding what the world is like, of knowing about reality. The key concept here is 'knowledge'. The classical analysis of what it is for someone to know something is that they believe it, that the belief is true and that there is adequate justification for that belief. For present expository purposes I shall simply assume these assertions and this analysis. So, for scientists to know something entails that their belief is adequately justified. What should count as such justification? There might be more involved and there might be much discussion of the relationship of theory and (observational) evidence but, ignoring large slabs of the philosophy of science for the moment, it would normally be considered that careful observation (perhaps of events generated by experiments) lies at the heart of justifying any of the knowledge claims of science.

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Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:science teaching, philosophy of science, epistemology, scepticism
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Epistemology
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Davson-Galle, P (Mr Peter Davson-Galle)
ID Code:136105
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-12-01
Last Modified:2019-12-04
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