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Andamios

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PAZOS, María Alicia. An epistemological criticism to Larry Laudan's scientific metamethodology. Andamios [online]. 2007, vol.4, n.7, pp.55-76. ISSN 1870-0063.

This paper is intended to (1) outline the metamethodological proposal by Larry Laudan in his book Beyond Positivism and Relativism (1996), which would provide a foundation for the evaluation of scientific methodologies, that warrants -according to the author-objectivity in sciences and (2) develop a detailed criticism of two theses from this proposal. I suggest these theses are not justified so that a reformulation or radical change would be needed in order for the objectivity of science to be maintained. However, replacing a metamethodology with another could be misleading, since this eludes the fundamental skeptical problem of the justification of knowledge. I will not conclude the end of philosophy in skepticism; nevertheless, my arguments point towards this very overwhelming direction.

Keywords : Metamethodology; objectivity; relativism; justification of knowledge; skepticism.

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