THE AIMS AND METHODS OF PHYSICS

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  The trunk of the set runs from metamethodology (which explains the philosophical methods adopted), through the aims of physicists, to the methods of physicists. Branching off are various kinds of chapters:

  1. Chapters which apply these results to other problems eg. demarcation; the relation between methodology and history and sociology; realism and antirealism
  2. Chapters which consider, in more detail, the extent of justification for the aims, and the methods eg. the inductive presupposition, successful novel fact prediction
  3. Chapters which provide examples of the methods being used by physicists eg. Mill's methods
  4. Chapters which discuss present and past philosophical views eg. the role of history, novel fact prediction.
   If you become lost in the links (it sounds like golf :-)), your best bet is to return to this map page and make a fresh start.

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