Theory of Science.
Science is part of knowledge, that part devoted to describing
and understanding the universe. Complexity arises when we see
knowledge as part of the universe, so science is part of the universe
that being so we can apply science to study science which the
case here. To continue the thinking: if we can apply science to
study science then epistemology is not a branch of philosophy
but a domain of science. This means that epistemology should have
all the qualities of a science in terms of clear concepts and
variables, measurement and empirical validity.
As has been outlined above, crucial questions of the nature of
science need to be addressed before we can proceed with examining
questions of our being and psychology. Some of those questions
are as follows.
- What is a scientific theory?
- What is a variable?
- What is the relationship between a variable and its value?
- Is all that is measurable a variable?
- How are domains of science defined?
- How can we understand the relationship between domains of
- What is reduction in science?
- What is the relationship something and the mechanism whereby
it is manifest?
- What does it mean to be empirical?
- What are concepts, and ideas? Are these the basis of science?
- When is and when is not something scientific?