PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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A General Case for Scientific Realism... and for Anti-Realism

A view has emerged in the last few years that has shaken the foundations of the scientific realism debate. According to this view, which we here brand ‘particularism’, general arguments for or against scientific realism or anti-realism are doomed to fail. The war will be won or lost instead on the many battlefields where particular arguments and considerations reign supreme. In this paper, we explore the pros and cons of both particularism and generalism. More polemically, we make the case that despite their various faults, general arguments still offer much promise in the epic war between realists and anti-realists.

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Ioannis Votsis    
Philosophy
New College of the Humanities

Jamie Rumbelow    
Philosophy
New College of the Humanities

 

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