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Scientific Realism and the Future Development of Science

Park, Seungbae (2019) Scientific Realism and the Future Development of Science.

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Nickles (2016, 2017, forthcoming) raises many original objections against scientific realism. One of them holds that scientific realism originates from the end of history illusion. I reply that this objection is self-defeating and commits the genetic fallacy. Another objection is that it is unknowable whether our descendants will regard our current mature theories as true or false. I reply that this objection entails skepticism about induction, leading to skepticism about the world, which is inconsistent with the appeal to the end of history illusion. Finally, I argue that we have an inductive rationale for thinking that our descendants will regard our current mature theories as true.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: End of History Illusion, Mature Theories, Pessimistic Induction, Scientific Realism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:58
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:58
Item ID: 15649
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15649

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