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From Unobservable to Observable: Scientific Realism and the Discovery of Radium

Allzén, Simon (2022) From Unobservable to Observable: Scientific Realism and the Discovery of Radium. Journal for General Philosophy of Science. ISSN 0925-4560

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Abstract

I explore the process of changes in the observability of entities and objects in science and how such changes impact two key issues in the scientific realism debate: the claim that predictively successful elements of past science are retained in current scientific theories, and the inductive defense of a specific version of inference to the best explanation with respect to unobservables. I provide a case-study of the discovery of radium by Marie Curie in order to show that the observability of some entities can change and that such changes are relevant for arguments seeking to establish the reliability of success-to-truth inferences with respect to unobservables.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Allzén, Simonsimon.allzen@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-6124-8152
Keywords: Scientific realism; Inference to the best explanation; Theory change; Empiricism; Observability
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Mr Simon Allzén
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 13:28
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 13:28
Item ID: 20327
Journal or Publication Title: Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://rdcu.be/cNz0R
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi-org.ezp.sub.su.se/10.1007/s10838-022-09614-5
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 14 May 2022
ISSN: 0925-4560
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20327

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