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Can Humeans be Scientific Realist?

Guo, Bixin (2022) Can Humeans be Scientific Realist? [Preprint]

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Many philosophers who defend a Humean account of laws also endorse scientific realism, such as David Lewis and Barry Loewer. It seems as if scientific realism and Humean accounts of laws of nature are orthogonal to, and so are naturally compatible with, one another. I argue otherwise: Humean accounts of laws are at odds with scientific realism. In particular, I focus on two of the most prominent Humean accounts, Lewis’ Best System Account and Loewer’s Package Deal Account, and argue: the latter conflicts with standard scientific realism, while the former does not conform to scientific practice.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Guo, Bixin
Keywords: Humean Accounts of Laws, Scientific Realism, Scientific Practice, Objectivity, Scientific Objects
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Bixin Guo
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 23:26
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 23:26
Item ID: 21738
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21738

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