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How to Make Selective Realism More Selective (and More Realist Too)

Badino, Massimiliano (2016) How to Make Selective Realism More Selective (and More Realist Too). In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Selective realism is the thesis that some wisely chosen theoretical posits are essential to science and can therefore be considered as true or approximately true. How to choose them wisely, however, is a matter of fierce contention. Generally speaking, we should favor posits that are effectively deployed in successful prediction. In this paper I propose a refinement of the notion of deployment and I argue that selective realism can be extended to include the analysis of how theoretical posits are actually deployed in symbolic practices.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Badino, Massimilianomassimilianobadino@gmail.com0000-0002-3521-9454
Keywords: Scientific Realism, Selective Realism, Physical Astronomy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Massimiliano Badino
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 13:41
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 13:41
Item ID: 12523
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12523

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