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Scientific Realism, the Galilean Strategy, and Representation

Suárez, Mauricio (2009) Scientific Realism, the Galilean Strategy, and Representation. UNSPECIFIED.


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This paper critically reviews Philip Kitcher’s most recent epistemology of science, real realism. I argue that this view is unstable under different understandings of the term “representation”, and that the arguments offered for the position are either unsound or invalid depending on the understanding employed. Suitably modified those arguments are however convincing in favor of a deflationary version of real realism, which I refer to as the bare view. The bare view accepts Kitcher’s Galilean strategy, and the ensuing commitment to the existence of unobservables; but it does not trade on a correspondence or copy theory of representation. So the bare view, unlike real realism, does not entail that our representations match reality even approximately.

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Suárez, Mauricio
Additional Information: Forthcoming in: Scientific Realism and Democratic Society: The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Keywords: Scientific Realism, Representation, Models, Inference, Instrumentalism, Pragmatism, Philip Kitcher
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Mauricio Suárez
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4922

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