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Historical inductions, Old and New

Saatsi, Juha (2015) Historical inductions, Old and New. [Preprint]

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I review prominent historical arguments against scientific realism to indicate how they display a systematic overshooting in the conclusions drawn from the historical evidence. The root of the overshooting can be located in some critical, undue presuppositions regarding realism. I will highlight these presuppositions in connection with both Laudan's 'Old induction' and Stanford's New Induction, and then delineate a minimal realist view that does without the problematic presuppositions.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: Scientific Realism; Laudan; Pessimistic Induction; Stanford
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Juha Saatsi
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 13:16
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 13:16
Item ID: 11742
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2015

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