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Are Our Best Physical Theories (Probably and/or Approximately) True?

Barrett, Jeffrey A. (2002) Are Our Best Physical Theories (Probably and/or Approximately) True? [Preprint]

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There is good reason to suppose that our best physical theories are false. Moreover, I will argue, we quite literally have no idea what it might mean to claim that they are approximately true. Nonetheless, the belief that our best current physical theories will prove to be similar to our best future physical theories plays an important role in inquiry.

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Item Type: Preprint
Barrett, Jeffrey A.
Keywords: Physics, Structure of Theories, Confirmation/Induction, Quantum Mechanics, Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Program Committee
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1053
Date: January 2002

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