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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 1, Issue 3, Junio/Septiembre 1986

Andrés Rivadulla
Pages 667-686

Empirismo y normatividad en filosofía de la ciencia

This paper concerns the question whether the rational reconstruction of science provided by the philosophy of science is partly descriptive and partly normative task. To this respect we offer a general characterization of the concept of science and observe then briefly the relations between the history and the philosophy of science. The widely extended view that there cannot be a history of science without an underIying philosophy suggests the problem whether it can exist a rational reconstruction of science independently from any theory about the science. On the answer to this question depends that we could conceive the philosophy of science as a discipline which combines descriptive (or empirical) with normative eIements.