Instrumentalism

Darrell P. ROWBOTTOM*

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Abstract

This chapter does three main things. First, it provides a characterisation of instrumentalism with reference to nineteenth-century thinkers involved in its genesis. Second, it identifies and addresses several common misconceptions concerning instrumentalism. Third, it covers several key objections to instrumentalism, which hinge on the significance of observability. Overall, the chapter argues that instrumentalism is a live position when it is properly construed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Pages84-95
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351362917
ISBN (Print)9781138888852
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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ROWBOTTOM, D. P. (2017). Instrumentalism. In The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism (pp. 84-95). Taylor and Francis Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203712498-8