First, I argue that scientific progress is possible in the absence of increasing verisimilitude in science's theories. Second, I argue that increasing theoretical verisimilitude is not the central, or primary, dimension of scientific progress. Third, I defend my previous argument that unjustified changes in scientific belief may be progressive. Fourth, I illustrate how false beliefs can promote scientific progress in ways that cannot be explicated by appeal to verisimilitude.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2015|
- Scientific change
- Scientific progress
- Scientific realism