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Eight Myths about Scientific Realism

Cordero, Alberto (2016) Eight Myths about Scientific Realism. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Selective realist projects have made significant improvements over the last two decades. Judging by the literature, however, antirealist quarters seem little impressed with the results. Section I considers the selectivist case and its perceived shortcomings. One shortcoming is that selectivist offerings are nuanced in ways that deprive them of features that—according to many—cannot be absent from any realism “worth having”. Section II (the main part of the paper) considers eight features widely required of realist positions, none of them honored by selectivist projects. Modulo those requirements, even if selectivists managed to clear other shortcomings of their project selectivism would still not be a position worth considering. Next the historical background and present credentials of the requirements in question are examined. All are found to rest on myths and confusions about science and knowledge. If this is correct, realists and antirealists should reject the requirements.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Cordero, Alberto
Additional Information: To be presented at PSA-2017, Atlanta Ga.
Keywords: Scientific realism, selectivism, naturalism
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Alberto Cordero
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 13:58
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 13:58
Item ID: 12533
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 5 October 2016

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