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Can van Fraassen's anti-realism give an account of novel predictions of unexpected phenomena?

Bacelar Valente, Mario (2011) Can van Fraassen's anti-realism give an account of novel predictions of unexpected phenomena? [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper it will be addressed the possibility of an account of novel predictions of
unexpected phenomena by physical theories within van Fraassen's anti-realism. In
particular it will be considered two important cases in modern physics, the prediction of
the bending of light in Einstein's theory of gravity, and the prediction of antimatter in
quantum electrodynamics. It will be defended that van Fraassen's anti-realism does not
seem to enable an account of novel predictions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Bacelar Valente, Mario
Keywords: novel predictions; intertheoretical relations; bending of light; antimatter; Kirchhoff theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: mario bacelar valente
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2011 19:55
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2011 19:55
Item ID: 8939
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8939

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