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Novel Defense of Scientific Realism.

Author: Jarrett Leplin
Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Vigorous and controversial, this book develops a sustained argument for a realist interpretation of science, based on a new analysis of the concept of predictive novelty. Identifying a form of success achieved in science--the successful prediction of novel empirical results--which can beexplained only by attributing some measure of truth to the theories that yield it, Jarrett Leplin demonstrates the incapacity of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Leplin, Jarrett.
Novel Defense of Scientific Realism.
Cary : Oxford University Press, ©1997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jarrett Leplin
ISBN: 9781602561908 1602561907
OCLC Number: 936848566
Description: 1 online resource (217 pages)
Contents: Introduction; 1 Truth and the Success of Science; Explaining Scientific Success; Simplistic Accounts of Success; Dismissive Attitudes toward Explanation; Underdetermination; The Alleged Superfluousness of Truth in Explanation; Excising Truth from Explanation; Surrogates for Truth; The Metaphysical Import of Truth; 2 Conceptions of Novelty; The History of the Independence Requirement; Temporal Constraints; Bayesian Confirmation; Contemporary Analyses of Independence; Constraints on the Analysis of Novelty; 3 An Analysis of Novelty; Overview and Motivation; Assumptions and Terminology. Conditions for Novelty4 Applications; Fresnel's Theory of Diffraction; Special Relativity; The Expansion of the Universe; The Big Bang; 5 Realism and Novelty; The Burden of Argument; Minimal Epistemic Realism; The Explanatory Poverty of Instrumentalism; In Defense of Abduction; Novel Prediction versus Retroactive Explanation; Partial Truth and Success; The Pragmatics of Partial Truth; 6 Counterarguments; Overview; The Skeptical Historical Induction; Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination; Is There Truth in Virtue?; NOA's Bark Is as Terse as It's Trite; 7 The Future of Realism. Limits to Testability in Fundamental PhysicsMethodological Practice; Warranting Methodological Change; A Measured Retreat; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.

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Vigorous and controversial, this book develops a sustained argument for a realist interpretation of science, based on a new analysis of the concept of predictive novelty. Identifying a form of success achieved in science--the successful prediction of novel empirical results--which can beexplained only by attributing some measure of truth to the theories that yield it, Jarrett Leplin demonstrates the incapacity of nonrealist accounts to accommodate novel success and constructs a deft realist explanation of novelty. To test the applicability of novel success as a standard of warrantfor theories,

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