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

Volume 11, Issue 3, Septiembre 1996

Mircea Flonta
Pages 19-31

Does the Scientific Paper Accurately Mirror the Very Grounds of Scientific Assessment?

This paper presents aprevalent representation about the objectivity and impartiality of scientific knowledge that emerges from the structure and style of the standard research paper. This representation is critically examined considering some rather untypical scientific papers reporting controversies between researchers in a certain field of experimental science. The role of personal preconceptions and intellectual prejudices in the assessment of scientific theories is emphasized by reference to Einsteinls grounds for his general theory of relativity.

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