Using scientific methods to resolve questions in the history and philosophy of science: Some illustrations
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The factors that account for successful scientific efforts are disputed among philosophers and historians of science, who rely heavily on impressionistic and case study methods to support their positions. Resolution of many such debates will require more adequate methods for sampling, analyzing, and integrating the historical track record. A more accurate description and understanding of scientific processes and successes, and the development of decision aids for such higher level scientific judgments as theory appraisal, will offer practical help to the working scientist. © 1992 Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. All rights reserved.
Faust, David, and Paul E. Meehl. "Using scientific methods to resolve questions in the history and philosophy of science: Some illustrations." Behavior Therapy 23, 2 (1992): 195-211. doi:10.1016/S0005-7894(05)80381-8.