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Studies in Scientific Realism - Andre Kukla

Studies in Scientific Realism

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1998
ISBN: 9780195118650
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book offers a superbly clear analysis of the standard arguments for and against scientific realism. In surveying claims on both sides of the debate, Kukla organizes them in ways that expose unnoticed connections. He identifies broad patterns of error, reconciles seemingly incompatible positions, and discovers unoccupied positions with the potential to influence further debate. Kukla's overall assessment is that neither the realists nor the antirealists may claim a decisive victory.

Clearly written, well-organized and meticulously argued ... Studies in Scientific Realism is essential reading for any research student interested in the realism debate in science as that debate has evolved over the last generation, and for those scientific or philosophical professionals who think the matter was somehow settled in the course of that debate. Kukla does a masterful job of showing why it wasn't. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

The Varieties of Realismp. 3
Realism and the Success of Sciencep. 12
Realism and Scientific Practicep. 27
Realism and Theoretical Unificationp. 43
Realism and Underdetermination I: Does Every Theory Have Empirically Equivalent Rivals?p. 58
Realism and Underdetermination II: Does Empirical Equivalence Entail Underdetermination?p. 82
The Vulnerability Criterion of Beliefp. 92
The Belief-Acceptance Distinctionp. 106
The Theory-Observation Distinction I: Fodor's Distinctionp. 111
The Theory-Observation Distinction II: Van Fraassen's Distinctionp. 129
The Theory-Observation Distinction III: The Third Distinctionp. 143
Realism and Epistemologyp. 151
Notesp. 165
Referencesp. 169
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780195118650
ISBN-10: 0195118650
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st May 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48