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Contemporary Scientific Realism

The Challenge from the History of Science

Peter (Associate Professor and Reader, Department of Philosophy, Associate Professor and Reader, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham) Vickers & Timothy D. (Professor of the Philosophy of Science, Professor of the Philosophy of Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) Lyons

Contemporary Scientific Realism

Contemporary Scientific Realism

The Challenge from the History of Science

Contemporary Scientific Realism

 

Contemporary Scientific Realism brings together the most important lessons from the history of science to explain scientific realism. The expert contributors introduce and assess topics that redefine what we know about the philosophy of science.


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Beschrijving Contemporary Scientific Realism

Scientific realists claim we can justifiably believe that science is getting at the truth. However, they have faced historical challenges: various episodes across history appear to demonstrate that even strongly supported scientific theories can be overturned and left behind. In response, realists have developed new positions and arguments. As a result of specific challenges from the history of science, and realist responses, we find ourselves with an ever-increasing
dataset bearing on the (possible) relationship between science and truth.

The present volume introduces new historical cases impacting the debate and advances the discussion of cases that have only very recently been introduced. At the same time, shifts in philosophical positions affect the very kind of case study that is relevant. Thus, the historical work must proceed hand in hand with philosophical analysis of the different positions and arguments in play. It is with this in mind that the volume is divided into two sections, entitled "Historical Cases for the
Debate" and "Contemporary Scientific Realism."

All sides agree that historical cases are informative with regard to how, or whether, science connects with truth. Defying proclamations as early as the 1980s announcing the death knell of the scientific realism debate, here is that rare thing: a philosophical debate making steady and definite progress. Moreover, the progress it is making concerns one of humanity's most profound and important questions: the relationship between science and truth, or, put more boldly, the epistemic relation
between humankind and the reality in which we find ourselves.


ISBN
9780190946814
Pagina's
392
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NUR
910
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1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
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OUP USA

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