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Are Our Best Physical Theories (Probably and/or Approximately) True?

Barrett, Jeffrey A. (2002) Are Our Best Physical Theories (Probably and/or Approximately) True? [Preprint]

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    There is good reason to suppose that our best physical theories are false. Moreover, I will argue, we quite literally have no idea what it might mean to claim that they are approximately true. Nonetheless, the belief that our best current physical theories will prove to be similar to our best future physical theories plays an important role in inquiry.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Physics, Structure of Theories, Confirmation/Induction, Quantum Mechanics, Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1053
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1053

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