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Selective Realism vs. Individual Realism for Scientific Creativity

Park, Seungbae (2017) Selective Realism vs. Individual Realism for Scientific Creativity.

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Individual realism asserts that our best scientific theories are (approximately) true. In contrast, selective realism asserts that only the stable posits of our best scientific theories are true. Hence, individual realism recommends that we accept more of what our best scientific theories say about the world than selective realism does. The more scientists believe what their theories say about the world, the more they are motivated to exercise their imaginations and think up new theories and experiments. Therefore, individual realism better fosters scientific creativity than selective realism.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: creativity, individual realism, motivation, pessimistic induction, selective realism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:15
Item ID: 15630
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15630

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