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Article: Naturalistic quietism or scientific realism?

TitleNaturalistic quietism or scientific realism?
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherSpringer. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0039-7857
Citation
Synthese, 2015 How to Cite?
AbstractRealists about science tend to hold that our scientific theories aim for the truth, that our successful theories are at least partly true, and that the entities referred to by the theoretical terms of these theories exist. Antirealists about science deny one or more of these claims. A sizable minority of philosophers of science prefers not to take sides: they believe the realism debate to be fundamentally mistaken and seek to abstain from it altogether. In analogy with other realism debates I will call these philosophers quietists. In the philosophy of science quietism often takes a somewhat peculiar form, which I will call naturalistic quietism. In this paper I will characterize Maddy’s Second Philosophy as a form of naturalistic quietism, and show what the costs for making it feasible are.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228780

 

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dc.contributor.authorWolff, JE-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:07:04Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:07:04Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationSynthese, 2015-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228780-
dc.description.abstractRealists about science tend to hold that our scientific theories aim for the truth, that our successful theories are at least partly true, and that the entities referred to by the theoretical terms of these theories exist. Antirealists about science deny one or more of these claims. A sizable minority of philosophers of science prefers not to take sides: they believe the realism debate to be fundamentally mistaken and seek to abstain from it altogether. In analogy with other realism debates I will call these philosophers quietists. In the philosophy of science quietism often takes a somewhat peculiar form, which I will call naturalistic quietism. In this paper I will characterize Maddy’s Second Philosophy as a form of naturalistic quietism, and show what the costs for making it feasible are.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0039-7857-
dc.relation.ispartofSynthese-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-015-0873-3-
dc.titleNaturalistic quietism or scientific realism?-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailWolff, JE: jwolff@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11229-015-0873-3-
dc.identifier.hkuros261982-

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