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Stanford’s argument against scientific realism focuses on theories, just as many earlier arguments from inconceivability have. However, there are possible arguments against scientific realism involving unconceived (or inconceivable) entities of different types: observations, models, predictions, explanations, methods, instruments, experiments, and values. This paper charts such arguments. In combination, they present the strongest challenge yet to scientific realism.
|Number of pages||13|
|Early online date||21 Jun 2016|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2019|
Bibliographical noteMy work on this paper was supported by: the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (‘The Instrument of Science’, Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship); and also by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, in association with the European Union (COFUND Senior Research Fellowship). My thanks to two anonymous referees for several helpful comments.
- Kyle Stanford
- Scientific progress
- Scientific realism
- Unconceived alternatives
- Underdetermination of theories by evidence
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The Instrument of Science
Research Grants Council (HKSAR)
1/09/14 → 31/08/15
Project: Grant Research
- 14 Scopus Citations
- 1 Book (Author)
The instrument of science : scientific anti-realism revitalisedROWBOTTOM, D. P., 18 Mar 2019, Taylor and Francis. 215 p. (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science)
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