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What's the point in Scientific Realism if we don't know what's really there?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 November 2007

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The aim of this paper will be to show that certain strongly realist forms of scientific realism are either misguided or misnamed. I will argue that, in the case of a range of robustly realist formulations of scientific realism, the ‘scientific’ and the ‘realism’ are in significant philosophical and methodological conflict with each other; in particular, that there is a tension between the actual subject matter and methods of science on the one hand, and the realists' metaphysical claims about which categories of entities the world contains on the other.

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Copyright © The Royal Institute of Philosophy and the contributors 2007

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