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The characteristic difference between laws and accidental generalizations lies in our epistemic or inductive attitude towards them. This idea has taken various forms and dominated the discussion about lawlikeness in the last decades. Likewise, the issue about ceteris paribus conditions is essentially about how we epistemically deal with exceptions. Hence,(More)
Brute facts are facts that have no explanation. If we come to know that a fact is brute, we obviously don't get an explanation of that fact. Nevertheless, we do make some sort of epistemic gain. In this essay, I give an account of that epistemic gain, and suggest that the idea of brute facts allows us to distinguish between the notion of explanation and the(More)
1 SCIENTIFIC REALISM This paper presents the outlines of a defense of scientific realism against the argument of pessimistic meta-induction (PMI for short). I will understand the position of scientific realism to consist of the claim that our current empirically successful scientific theories are probably approximately true. Examples of such theories are(More)
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