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Historical Inductions: New Cherries, Same Old Cherry-Picking

Mizrahi, Moti (2015) Historical Inductions: New Cherries, Same Old Cherry-Picking. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I argue that arguments from the history of science against scientific realism, like the arguments advanced by Kyle Stanford and Peter Vickers, are fallacious. The so-called “Old Induction,” like Vickers’, and the so-called “New Induction,” like Stanford’s, are both guilty of confirmation bias, specifically, of cherry-picking evidence that allegedly challenges scientific realism, while ignoring evidence to the contrary. I also show that the historical episodes Stanford adduces in support of his New Induction are indeterminate between a pessimistic interpretation and an optimistic interpretation. For these reasons, these arguments are fallacious, and thus do not pose a serious challenge to scientific realism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Mizrahi, Motimotimizra@gmail.com
Keywords: antirealism; new induction; old induction; pessimistic induction; problem of unconceived alternatives; scientific realism
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Moti Mizrahi
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2015 18:29
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2015 18:29
Item ID: 11761
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 13 November 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11761

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