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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
    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 11:10
    Item ID: 520
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/520

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