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Empirical Success or Explanatory Success: What does Current Scientific Realism Need to Explain?

Doppelt, Gerald (2003) Empirical Success or Explanatory Success: What does Current Scientific Realism Need to Explain? In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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Against the well-known objection that in the history of science there are many theories that are successful but false, Psillos offers a three-pronged defense of scientific realism as the best explanation for the success of science. Focusing on these, I criticize Psillos’ defense, arguing that each prong is weakened when we recognize that according to realist rebuttals of the underdetermination argument and versions of empiricism, realists are committed to accounting for the explanatory success of theories, not their mere empirical adequacy or instrumental reliability. I conclude by indicating how ‘explanationist’ realism might be recast to accommodate my arguments.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Doppelt, Gerald
Keywords: Anti-Realist Scientific Realism Philosophy of Science
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Gerald Doppelt
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1992
Publisher: Gerald Doppelt
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: November 18-21, 2004
Conference Location: Austin, Texas
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1992

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