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

Volume 34, Issue 2, May 2019

Alexander Bird
Pages 171-193

The aim of belief and the aim of science

I argue that the aim of belief and the aim of science are both knowledge. The ‘aim of belief’ is to be identified with the product of a properly functioning cognitive system. Science is an institution that is the social, functional analogue of a cognitive system, and its aim is the same as that of belief. In both cases it is knowledge rather than true belief that is the product of proper functioning.

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