Der 16. Weltkongress für Philosophie

Volume 2, 1983

Sektions-Vorträge I - Résumés des sections I - Section Papers I

L. Bazhenov
Pages 170-177

The Systemic Principle
A Regulative of scientific knowledge

Science is a historically evolved and developed system, which does not include every construction. If a new construction is to become part of scientific knowledge, it must (1) fit into a certain paradigm (during the extensive growth of science) or meet the conformity princilple (during intensive growth) and (2) comply with certain general "rules of the game" (such as, e.g., the principle of repeatability, simplicity, etc., as well as "maxims" of the type "God is insidious but not rancorous"). These two aspects constitute the systemic principle, which thus works as a sort of a metaregulative.