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

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Effective theories and ineffective interpretations

The example of effective theories is a promising, and potentially transformative, resource for the scientific realism debate. Other participants in the symposium extract from the terrain of effective theories resources for the would-be realist. I’ll try to survey the same terrain for resources to resist realisms, even realisms transformed by consideration of effective theories. The goal of this survey is not to establish a dominant position but to get a sense of a range of positions, as well as considerations for and against them.

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Laura Ruetsche    
Department of Philosophy
University of Michigan


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