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The Pessimistic Induction and the Golden Rule

Park, Seungbae (2018) The Pessimistic Induction and the Golden Rule.

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Abstract

Nickles (2017) advocates scientific antirealism by appealing to the illusion hypothesis (Quoidbach, Gilbert, and Wilson 2013), the pessimistic induction over scientific theories, Darwin’s evolutionary theory, and the problem of underdetermination. I object that both the illusion hypothesis and evolutionary theory clash with the pessimistic induction and with the problem of underdetermination. I also argue that Nickles’s positive philosophical theories are subject to Park’s (2017a) pessimistic induction over antirealists. Finally, I apply the Golden Rule to antirealists, viz., if antirealists do not want scientists to run the pessimistic induction over antirealists, antirealists ought not to run the pessimistic induction over scientific theories.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: End of History Illusion, Evolutionary Theory, Golden Rule, Pessimistic Induction, Underdetermination
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:55
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:55
Item ID: 15645
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15645

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