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Hanson, Norwood Russell (1924–67)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-Q042-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Hanson was a philosopher of science who introduced novel ways of relating logical, historical and linguistic analyses. His best-known book, Patterns of Discovery, stressed the theory-ladeness of observational reports and argued that causality is a feature of inference systems, rather than of nature as such. He pioneered in combining historical and analytic analyses of significant breakthroughs in science. Though he clarified patterns of discovery he never succeeded in the project of developing a logic of discovery, or an account of the inferences leading from problematic situations to novel explanatory hypotheses. A man of many talents, he also made contributions to the history of science, aerodynamics and epistemology.

Citing this article:
MacKinnon, Edward. Hanson, Norwood Russell (1924–67), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Q042-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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