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Critiques of Minimal Realism

Park, Seungbae (2017) Critiques of Minimal Realism.


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Saatsi’s minimal realism holds that science makes theoretical progress. It is designed to get around the pessimistic induction, to fall between scientific realism and instrumentalism, and to explain the success of scientific theories. I raise the following two objections to it. First, it is not clear whether minimal realism lies between realism and instrumentalism, given that minimal realism does not entail instrumentalism. Second, it is not clear whether minimal realism can explain the success of scientific theories, given that it is doubtful whether theoretical progress makes success likely. In addition to raising these two objections, I develop and criticize a new position that truly falls between realism and instrumentalism.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Instrumentalism, Middlism, Minimal Realism, Scientific Realism, Theoretical Progress
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:13
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:13
Item ID: 15627
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2017

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