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Modest Scientific Realism and Belief in Astronomical Entities

Allzén, Simon (2022) Modest Scientific Realism and Belief in Astronomical Entities. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

One of the core charges against explanationist scientific realism is that is too epistemically optimistic. Taking the charge seriously, some realists has presented alternative forms of scientific realism -- semi-realism and theoretical irrealism -- designed to be more modest in their epistemic claims. In this paper, I consider two cases in cosmology and astrophysics that raises novel issues for both views: semi-realism is argued to end up doing metaphysical astrophysics with respect to the existence and evolution of galaxies and other astrophysical objects that cross the cosmic event horizon; theoretical irrealism is argued to be incompatible with standard evidential reasoning in the context of the dark matter problem.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Allzén, Simonsimon.allzen@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-6124-8152
Keywords: Entity Realism, Cosmic Event Horizon, Dark Matter
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Mr Simon Allzén
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 02:29
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 02:29
Item ID: 20745
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20745

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