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Darwinian-Selectionist Explanation, Radical Theory Change, and the Observable-Unobservable Dichotomy

Shech, Elay (2022) Darwinian-Selectionist Explanation, Radical Theory Change, and the Observable-Unobservable Dichotomy. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In his recent 2018 book, Resisting Scientific Realism, K. Brad Wray provides a detailed, full-fledged defense of anti-realism about science. In this paper, I argue against the two main claims that constitute Wray’s positive and novel argument for his position, viz., his suggested Darwinian-selectionist explanation of the success of science and his skepticism about unobservables based on radical theory change. My goal is not wholly negative though. Instead, I aim to identify the type of work that an anti-realist like Wray would need to undertake in order to further substantiate their position, viz., taking a stance on inductive inference and support, and the type of realist and anti-realist positions that seem viable.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Shech, Elayezs0038@auburn.edu0000-0002-3863-5058
Keywords: Scientific Realism; Selectionist Explanation; Induction
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Elay Shech
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 12:55
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 12:55
Item ID: 20775
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1080/02698595.2022.2092824
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: June 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20775

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