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Scientific Realism : a Critical Reappraisal

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1987.
Series: Scientific Realism, 40.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The increasingly lively controversy over scientific realism has become one of the principal themes of recent philosophy. 1 In watching this controversy unfold in the rather technical way currently in vogue, it has seemed to me that it would be useful to view these contemporary disputes against the background of such older epistemological issues as fallibilism, scepticism, relativism, and the traditional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Rescher
ISBN: 9789400939059 9400939051
OCLC Number: 851370081
Description: 1 online resource (184 pages).
Contents: One / Problems of Scientific Realism --
1. Scientific Realism --
2. The Problematic Character of Scientific Realism: Current Science Does Not Do the Job --
3. Future Science Does Not Do the Job --
Two / Scientific Progress as Nonconvergent --
1. The Exploration Model and Its Implications --
2. Theorizing as Inductive Projection --
3. Scientific Revolutions as Potentially Unending --
4. Is Later Lesser? --
Three / Ideal-Science Realism --
1. Reality is Adequately Described Only by Ideal Science, Which is Something We Do Not Have --
2. Scientific Truth as an Idealization --
3. Ideal-State Realism as the Only Viable Option --
Four / Against Instrumentalism: Realism and the Task of Science --
1. Against Instrumentalism: The Descriptive Purport of Science --
2. Realism and the Aim of Science --
3. The Pursuit of Truth --
4. Anti-realism and 'Rigorous Empiricism' --
5. The Price of Abandoning Realism --
Five / Schoolbook Science as a Basis for Realism --
1. The Security/Definiteness Trade-off and the Contrast between Science and Common Sense --
2. Schoolbook Science and 'Soft' Knowledge --
3. Schoolbook Science as a Basis for Realism --
Six / Disconnecting their Applicative Success from the Truth of Scientific Theories --
1. Is Successful Applicability an Index of Truth? --
2. Truth is NOT the Best Explanation of Success in Prediction and Explanation --
3. Pragmatic Ambiguity --
4. The Lesson --
Seven / The Anthropomorphic Character of Human Science --
1. Scientific Relativism --
2. The Problem of Extraterrestrial Science --
3. The Potential Diversity of 'Science' --
4. The One-World, One-Science Argument --
5. The Anthropomorphic Character of Human Science --
6. Relativistic Intimations --
Eight / Evolution's Role in the Success of Science --
1. The Problem of Mind/Reality Coordination --
2. The Cognitive Accessibility of Nature --
3. A Closer Look at the Problem --
4. 'Our' Side --
5. Nature's Side --
6. Synthesis --
7. Implications --
Nine / The Roots of Objectivity --
1. The Cognitive Inexhaustibility of Things --
2. The Cognitive Opacity of Real Things --
3. The Corrigibility of Conceptions --
4. Perspectives on Realism --
Ten / Metaphysical Realism and the Pragmatic Basis of Objectivity --
1. The Existential Component of Realism --
2. Realism in its Regulative/Pragmatic Aspect --
3. Objectivity as a Requisite of Communication and Inquiry --
4. The Utilitarian Imperative --
5. Retrojustification: The Wisdom of Hindsight --
Eleven / Intimations of Idealism --
1. The Idealistic Aspect of Metaphysical Realism --
2. The Idealistic Aspect of Epistemological Realism --
3. Conceptual Idealism --
4. Is Man the Measure? --
5. Conclusion --
Notes --
Index of Names --
Index of Subjects.
Series Title: Scientific Realism, 40.
Responsibility: by Nicholas Rescher.

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