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TRUTH, LAWS AND THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE

Dorato, Mauro (2011) TRUTH, LAWS AND THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE. [Published Article or Volume]

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Abstract

In this paper I analyze the difficult question of the truth of mature
scientific theories by tackling the problem of the truth of laws. After introducing
the main philosophical positions in the field of scientific realism, I discuss and
then counter the two main arguments against realism, namely the pessimistic metainduction
and the abstract and idealized character of scientific laws. I conclude by
defending the view that well-confirmed physical theories are true only relatively to
certain values of the variables that appear in the laws


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Dorato, Maurodorato@uniroma3.it
Keywords: Truth, Laws, Progress of science, Commensurability
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 13:37
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37
Item ID: 9034
Journal or Publication Title: Manuscrito. Rev. Int. Fil.,
Publisher: Centro de logica, epistemologia e historia da ciencia-Unicamp
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9034

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