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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
    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 14:55
    Last Modified: 11 Dec 2011 14:55
    Item ID: 8939
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8939

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