Ludwig Fahrbach

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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)
Questions concerning how we are to interpret our best scientific theories, make sense of what they are telling us, or even just connect them systematically to the world around us have a remarkably long intellectual pedigree. And they have most often been motivated not by the sorts of rarified puzzles we encounter in the course of trying to decide how we(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)
Scientific realism, the position that successful theories are likely to be approximately true, is threatened by the pessimistic induction according to which the history of science is full of successful, but false theories. I aim to defend scientific realism against the pessimistic induction. My main thesis is that our current best theories each enjoy a very(More)
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 the atomic theory of(More)
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