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How to Foster Scientists’ Creativity

Park, Seungbae (2016) How to Foster Scientists’ Creativity.


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Scientific progress can be credited to creative scientists, who constantly ideate new theories and experiments. I explore how the three central positions in the scientific realism debate – scientific realism, scientific pessimism, and instrumentalism – are related to the practical issue of how scientists’ creativity can be fostered. I argue that realism encourages scientists to entertain new theories and experiments, pessimism discourages them from doing so, and instrumentalism falls in between realism and pessimism in terms of its effects on scientists’ creativity. Therefore, scientists should accept realism and reject both pessimism and instrumentalism for the sake of scientific creativity and progress.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Empirical Creativity, Empirical Progress, Instrumentalism, Scientific Pessimism, Scientific Realism, Theoretical Creativity, Theoretical Progress
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:04
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:04
Item ID: 15616
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2016

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