Why advocate pancritical rationalism?

Research output: Book Chapters | Papers in Conference ProceedingsConference paper (refereed)Researchpeer-review


This paper provides a rationale for advocating pancritical rationalism. First, it argues that the advocate of critical rationalism may accept (but not be internally justified in accepting) that there is ‘justification’ in an externalist sense, specifically that certain procedures can track truth, and suggest that this recognition should inform practice; that one should try to determine which sources and methods are appropriate for various aspects of inquiry, and to what extent they are. Second, it argues that if there is external justification, then a critical rationalist is better off than a dogmatist from an evolutionary perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Popper
EditorsZuzana Parusniková, Robert S. Cohen
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781402093388
ISBN (Print)9781402093371
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Rethinking Popper - Department for Analytic Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 Sept 200710 Sept 2007

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in The Philosophy of Science


ConferenceConference on Rethinking Popper
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


Dive into the research topics of 'Why advocate pancritical rationalism?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this