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The Unificatory Power of Scientific Realism

Park, Seungbae (2017) The Unificatory Power of Scientific Realism.


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The no-miracles argument (Putnam, 1975) holds that science is successful because successful theories are (approximately) true. Frost-Arnold (2010) objects that this argument is unacceptable because it generates neither new predictions nor unifications. It is similar to the unacceptable explanation that opium puts people to sleep because it has a dormative virtue. I reply that on close examination, realism explains not only why some theories are successful but also why successful theories exist in current science. Therefore, it unifies the disparate phenomena.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: No-Miracles Argument, Scientific Realism, Success of Science, Unification
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:28
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:28
Item ID: 15634
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2017

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