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Accepting Our Best Scientific Theories

Park, Seungbae (2015) Accepting Our Best Scientific Theories.

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Dawes (2013) claims that we ought not to believe but to accept our best scientific theories. To accept them means to employ them as premises in our reasoning with the goal of attaining knowledge about unobservables. I reply that if we do not believe our best scientific theories, we cannot gain knowledge about unobservables, our opponents might dismiss the predictions derived from them, and we cannot use them to explain phenomena. We commit an unethical speech act when we explain a phenomenon in terms of a theory we do not believe.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Acceptance, Belief, Explanation, Inference to the Best Explanation, Prediction
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:00
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:00
Item ID: 15612
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15612

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