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A note on the Aristotelian origin of Popper's demarcation criterion together with its application to Atlantic Canada's fisheries

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dc.contributor.author Corkett, Christopher J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-26T14:08:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-26T14:08:14Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14525
dc.description Christopher is currently applying Karl Popper's non-inductive theory of method to the management of the world's commercial fisheries. en_US
dc.description.abstract It has not always been realised that Karl Popper's demarcation criterion, the criterion he uses to distinguish an empirical science from its 'metaphysical' complement involves an interpretation of the classical theory of terms. From the beginning Popper's criterion never was an attempt to distinguish some subject matter called 'science' from some subject matter called 'metaphysics'. His criterion of falsifiability always was an attempt to distinguish the logical strength of a universal law from the logical weakness of its complement, a complement that can bear no fruit. For example: if the falsifiability criterion is applied to the management of the fisheries of Atlantic Canada we can distinguish the bold and sound management of Atlantic lobster from the weak and unsound management of Atlantic groundfish. In the early 1990's Newfoundland's fishery for Atlantic cod suffered a major collapse that has become one of the world's most prominent case studies of failure in fisheries management. Under Popper's analytic theory of demarcation a weak management with no problem solving potentiality is to be held responsible for the collape of Newfoundland's Atlantic cod fishery. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Aristotle
dc.subject Popper
dc.subject Fisheries management
dc.title A note on the Aristotelian origin of Popper's demarcation criterion together with its application to Atlantic Canada's fisheries en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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