Neopositivists' crusade against Karl Popper

Per la Filosofia (36):99-109 (1996)
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Neopositivistic philosophers held that Popper's destructive criticism to inductive methods is wrong. The legend according to which Popper's criticism, in the final analysis, is inconsistent is greatly widespread also amongst neopositivistic Italian scholars. I argue that they are wrong, and that, in general, Popper's view about induction is true. According to Popper all scientific concepts are theoretical, for every assertion not only entails hypotheses but it is also hypothetical, that is not sure and always falsifiable. I argue that the validity and the strength of Popper's criticism to induction is independent from the view according to which all scientific concepts are theoretical.
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