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Scientific Realism in the Wild: An Empirical Study of Seven Sciences and HPS

Beebe, James and Dellsén, Finnur (2019) Scientific Realism in the Wild: An Empirical Study of Seven Sciences and HPS. [Preprint]

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We report the results of a study that investigated the views of researchers working in seven scientific disciplines and in HPS in regard to four hypothesized dimensions of scientific realism. Among other things, we found (i) that natural scientists tended to express more strongly realist views than social scientists, (ii) that HPS scholars tended to express more anti-realist views than natural scientists, (iii) that van Fraassen’s characterization of scientific realism failed to cluster with more standard characterizations, and (iv) that those who endorsed the Pessimistic Induction were no more or less likely to endorse anti-realism.

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Item Type: Preprint
Dellsén, Finnurfinnurd@gmail.com0000-0003-4989-4204
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Philosophy of Science.
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Finnur Dellsén
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2019 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2019 11:04
Item ID: 16182
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2019

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