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Against Selective Realism(s)

Tulodziecki, D. (2017) Against Selective Realism(s). [Preprint]

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Abstract

It has recently been suggested (for example, Lyons 2006) that realist responses to historical cases featured in pessimistic meta-inductions are not as successful as previously thought. In response, selective realists have updated the basic divide et impera strategy specifically to take such cases into account and to argue that more modern realist accounts are immune to the historical challenge (cf. Vickers 2013). Using a case-study – that of the 19th century zymotic theory of disease – I argue that these updated proposals fail and that even the most sophisticated recent realist accounts remain vulnerable to the challenge from history.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Tulodziecki, D.
Keywords: Scientific Realism, Pessimistic Meta-Induction, History and Philosophy of Medicine, History and Philosophy of Science
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: D Tulodziecki
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 15:58
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 15:58
Item ID: 12767
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 1 January 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12767

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