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Theory Coherence and Antirealism

Rohrlich, Fritz (2002) Theory Coherence and Antirealism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Cognitive scientific realism as presented in my previous paper is amended to include a new and strong epistemic indicator for truth of scietific theories: theory coherence and by implication level coherence. Interestingly, this coherence exists despite the incommensurability of the ontology of different levels. Combined with empirical adequacy, theory coherence provides convincing arguments for the confutation of antirealist views. Specifically, fundamentalism, underdetermination, and instrumentalism are considered.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Rohrlich, Fritz
Keywords: Scientific Realism Confutation of Antirealism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Fritz Rohrlich
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2002
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 520
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/520

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