Scientific progress without increasing verisimilitude : in response to Niiniluoto

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Instrumentalism
  • Niiniluoto
  • Scientific change
  • Scientific progress
  • Scientific realism
  • Verisimilitude

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    The instrument of science : scientific anti-realism revitalised

    ROWBOTTOM, D. P., 18 Mar 2019, Taylor and Francis. 215 p. (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science)

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