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The Argument from Underconsideration and Relative Realism

Mizrahi, Moti (2013) The Argument from Underconsideration and Relative Realism. [Preprint]

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In this paper, through a critical examination of Wray’s version of the argument from underconsideration against scientific realism, I articulate a modest version of scientific realism. This modest realist position, which I call “relative realism,” preserves the scientific realist’s optimism about science’s ability to get closer to the truth while, at the same time, taking on board the antirealist’s premise that theory evaluation is comparative, and thus that there are no good reasons to think that science’s best theories are close to the truth.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: antirealism; argument from underconsideration; epistemic privilege; K. Brad Wray; relative realism; scientific realism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Moti Mizrahi
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 22:19
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 22:19
Item ID: 10069
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 30 October 2013

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