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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Popper consider to contribute to the cosmology of empirical science?

2. What does Popper give credit to conventionalism for doing?

3. According to conventionalists, what will yields more complete results of science?

4. What do the constructions of the laws of nature determine?

5. Who view natural science as a logical construction of nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the benefit of singular statements?

2. What does Popper classify as being inductive statements?

3. What is the falsification of a statement?

4. What is the purpose of empirical systems being consistent and falsifiable?

5. What is Fries' trilemma?

6. According to Popper, what should epistemology do?

7. What is the distinction between universal statements and singular statements?

8. What type of questions or thoughts does Popper state are irrelevant to scientific knowledge?

9. How do methodological rules differ from logical or deductive rules?

10. What does breaking the investigation of the chain of logical reasoning into steps allow Popper to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Popper feels no conclusive disproof of a theory can be obtained. Do you agree? Explain your answer based on the readings.

Essay Topic 2

Regarding the protocol of sentences, compare and contrast the following scientist's views: Reininger, Carnap, and Neurath. Which does Popper agree with? Explain you answer using examples as support.

Essay Topic 3

Popper denotes a difference between "true" and "corroborated". Discuss this difference. How are these two terms used in science? Can something be one but not the other? Provide support from your answer.

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