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The Problem of Unobserved Anomalies

Park, Seungbae (2018) The Problem of Unobserved Anomalies.

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Abstract

Scientific antirealism, the view that successful theories are empirically adequate, is untenable in light of the problem of unobserved anomalies that since past scientists could not observe the anomalies that caused the replacement of past theories with present theories, present scientists also cannot observe the anomalies that will cause the replacement of present theories with future theories. There are several moves that antirealists would be tempted to make to get around the problem of unobserved anomalies. All of them, however, are problematic.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Instrumentalism, Pessimistic Induction, Scientific Antirealism, Unconceived Alternatives, Unobserved Anomalies
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:57
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:57
Item ID: 15647
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15647

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