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Discusiones Filosóficas

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FLOREZ-QUINTERO, DAIAN TATIANA  and  GARCIA-DUQUE, CARLOS EMILIO. The nature of technology and its links to science: a realist and analogical perspective. discus.filos [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.30, pp.63-78. ISSN 0124-6127.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17151/difil.2017.18.30.4.

The nature of the relationship between pure science and applied science (i.e. technology) has been the subject of recurring controversy since ancient times. In the recent work on Philosophy of Technology, those perspectives which build on some alleged independency between science and applied science and the latter and technology to reject any attempt at relating epistemically or pragmatically both areas are prominent. In this paper, we critically examine Feibleman’s arguments to establish a sharp difference between pure and applied science and evaluate the import of his examples and counterexamples. From a realist, fallibilist and analogical perspective, we show that Feibleman does not succeed in proving his thesis and that, on the contrary, there are many more good reasons to defend the existence of a strong tie between applied science and technology despite the fact that there are many instances of concrete technological achievements which preceded the formulation of the corresponding theories that explain or support those realizations.

Keywords : pure science; applied science; technology; realism; argument by analogy; Popper; fallibilism.

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