First, I answer the controversial question ’What is scientific realism?’ with extensive reference to the varied accounts of the position in the literature. Second, I provide an overview of the key developments in the debate concerning scientific realism over the past decade. Third, I provide a summary of the other contributions to this special issue.
Bibliographical noteI should like to thank Lingnan University for supporting the conference on which this special issue is based, and the attendees of the conference for the discussions that prompted this contribution. I should also like to thank the RGC for funding my recent work on scientific realism (via a Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, ‘The Instrument of Science’). Finally, I am grateful to Patrick McGivern for useful comments on a previous version of this piece.
- Scientific anti-realism
- Scientific progress
- Scientific realism
- Selective realism