A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF KARL POPPER’S FALSIFICATION PRINCIPLE

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A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF KARL POPPER’S FALSIFICATION   PRINCIPLE

INTRODUCTION

Falsification as a principle or theory holds that for any hypothesis to have credence, it must be inherently disprovable before it can be accepted as a scientific hypothesis or theory.

This  principle associated with the twentieth century Austrian- British Philosopher of sciences  known as Sir Karl, Raimund popper’s science is a discipline that is interested in typing  to uncover  or discover truths about native; our environment and the world at  large,  this is why Archibong  conceives science as  the systematic enterprise  of gathering knowledge  about the universe by organizing and condensing that knowledge into testable laws  and theories”(89)  these laws and theories are used to give explanations to natural occurrences and make further predictions about the future.

Scientific method is procedural, that is, it adheres strictly to layed down principles through which an objective knowledge is obtained. It is widely accepted that empirical science are those that employ inductive methodology in the formulation of hypotheses or theories by observing a unlimited number of instances. Induction therefore becomes accepted by some scientists (inductivists) as a valuable means of arriving at scientific truths.

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