Scientific Progress

[Revised entry by Ilkka Niiniluoto on June 15, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Science is often distinguished from other domains of human culture by its progressive nature: in contrast
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[Revised entry by Ilkka Niiniluoto on June 15, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Science is often distinguished from other domains of human culture by its progressive nature: in contrast to art, religion, philosophy, morality, and politics, there exist clear standards or normative criteria for identifying improvements and advances in science. For example, the historian of science George Sarton argued that "the acquisition and systematization of positive knowledge are the only human activities which are truly cumulative and progressive," and "progress has no definite and unquestionable meaning in other fields...

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