The Science to Save us from Philosophy of Science

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen
University of Hensinki & Tallinn University of Technology, Finland

Although the exact rules of retroductive logic have proved elusive, recent discoveries in sciences dealing with under-structured problem spaces testify its prevalence. This puts paid to the need to find epistemic justification or confirmation to such methodologies and findings. A scientist, never frightened of not knowing something, strives to move at the forefront of ignorance, not that of belief or knowledge. Far from rendering science irrational, I argue that catering for the right conditions in which to cultivate ignorance is a key to the rationale to many of these findings.

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