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Realism vs. Surrealism

Park, Seungbae (2016) Realism vs. Surrealism.

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Abstract

Realism and surrealism claim, respectively, that a scientific theory is successful because it is true, and because the world operates as if it is true. Lyons (2003) criticizes realism and argues that surrealism is superior to realism. I reply that Lyons’s criticisms against realism fail. I also attempt to establish the following two claims: 1. Realism and surrealism lead to a useful prescription and a useless prescription, respectively, on how to make an unsuccessful theory successful. 2. Realism and surrealism give the credit for the success of a theory to an appropriate factor and to an inappropriate factor, respectively. Finally, I point out that surrealism is vulnerable to my pessimistic induction (2014a) against antirealism.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: As-If-True, Empirical Adequacy, Pessimistic Induction, Realism, Success, Surrealism, Truth
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:02
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:02
Item ID: 15614
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15614

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