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Approximate Truth vs. Empirical Adequacy

Park, Seungbae (2014) Approximate Truth vs. Empirical Adequacy.


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Suppose that scientific realists believe that a successful theory is approximately true, and that constructive empiricists believe that it is empirically adequate. Whose belief is more likely to be false? The problem of underdetermination does not yield an answer to this question one way or the other, but the pessimistic induction does. The pessimistic induction, if correct, indicates that successful theories, both past and current, are empirically inadequate. It is arguable, however, that they are approximately true. Therefore, scientific realists overall take less epistemic risk than constructive empiricists.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: approximate truth, empirical adequacy, pessimistic induction, underdetermination
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 01:13
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 01:13
Item ID: 15608
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2014

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