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Formulational vs. Epistemological Debates Concerning Scientific Realism

Park, Seungbae (2020) Formulational vs. Epistemological Debates Concerning Scientific Realism. [Preprint]

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A formulational debate is a debate over whether certain definitions of scientific realism and antirealism are useful or useless. By contrast, an epistemological debate is a debate over whether we have sufficient evidence for scientific realism and antirealism defined in a certain manner. I argue that Hilary Putnam’s definitions of scientific realism and antirealism are more useful than Bas van Fraassen’s definitions of scientific realism and constructive empiricism because Putnam’s definitions can generate both formulational and epistemological debates, whereas van Fraassen’s can generate only formulational debates.


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Park, Seungbae
Keywords: acceptance, aim, belief, epistemological, formulational, Putnam, van Fraassen
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 00:49
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 00:49
Item ID: 16856
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16856

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