The Return of a Demarcation Problem

Abstract

The territorial demarcation problem is concerned with articulating the criteria that suitably demarcate between two classes of sentences, those that are empirically significant and those that are not. However, it is not controversial to conclude that philosophical folklore holds that demarcationism is dead. The death of demarcationism, however, has been greatly exaggerated; I show that this obituary was premature by examining the most popular autopsies for demarcationism. I then set out two proposed demarcation criteria and explain why a misidentification of the purpose and aims of these demarcation criteria leads to an unmotivated rejection of both.

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LMU Munich. Munich, Germany.
Links

A previous version of this talk was presented at the Triennial International Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science at University of Bologna on Aug 23, 2017. The website is available here.

Another version of this talk was presented at the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science at University of Copenhagen on April 19, 2017. The website is available here.

A later version of this talk was presented at the Advanced Research Seminar at King’s College London.