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On the Epistemology of the Inexact Sciences


  • Olaf Helmer

    (The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California)

  • Nicholas Rescher

    (The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California)


This is a new epistemological approach to the inexact sciences. The purpose of all science is to explain and predict in an objective manner. While in the exact sciences explanation and prediction have the same logical structure, this is not so in the inexact sciences. This permits various methodological innovations in the inexact sciences, e.g., expert judgment and simulation.

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  • Olaf Helmer & Nicholas Rescher, 1959. "On the Epistemology of the Inexact Sciences," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 6(1), pages 25-52, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:6:y:1959:i:1:p:25-52

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    2. M. Beckman & R. Muth, 1956. "An Inventory Policy for a Case of Lagged Delivery," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 2(2), pages 145-155, January.
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