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TRUTH, LAWS AND THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE

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

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    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
    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 08:37
    Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 08:37
    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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