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Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth
Scientific realism is the optimistic view that modern science is on the right track: that the world really is the way our best scientific theories describe it . In his book, Stathis Psillos gives usExpand
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Simply the Best: A Case for Abduction
  • S. Psillos
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Computational Logic: Logic Programming and Beyond
  • 2002
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This paper formulates what I think is thebasicproblem of any attempt to characterise the abstract structure of scientific method, viz., that it has to satisfy two conflicting desiderata: it should be ampliative (content-increasing) and it should confer epistemic warrant on its outcomes. Expand
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Scientific Realism and the 'Pessimistic Induction'
Over the last two decades, the debate over scientific realism has been dominated by two arguments that pull in contrary directions: the 'no miracle' argument and the 'pessimistic induction'. TheExpand
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An Explorer upon Untrodden Ground: Peirce on Abduction
  • S. Psillos
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Inductive Logic
  • 2011
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Abduction is the only kind of reasoning by means of which new ideas can be introduced. Expand
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On Van Fraassen's Critique of Abductive Reasoning
Adoptant l'attitude critique propre a A. Menuge, l'A. montre que ni l'argument du mauvais lot, ni l'argument de l'indifference, ni la conception de la non-observabilite, developpes par Van FraassenExpand
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Knowing the Structure of Nature
We are performing all possible to bring our people the most effective books like Knowing The Structure Of Nature for free download. We've a huge selection of books designed for free and is veryExpand
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The present state of the scientific realism debate
Once upon a time there was a feeling in the philosophy of science community that the scientific realism debate had run out of steam. Arthur Fine went as far as to declare that ‘realism is well andExpand
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A Glimpse of the Secret Connexion: Harmonizing Mechanisms with Counterfactuals
  • S. Psillos
  • Philosophy, Sociology
  • Perspectives on Science
  • 1 September 2004
Among the current philosophical accounts of causation two are the most prominent. The first is James Woodward's interventionist counterfactual approach; the second is the mechanistic approachExpand
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Knowing the Structure of Nature: Essays on Realism and Explanation
Preface Introduction PART I: SCIENTIFIC REALISM The Present State of the Scientific Realism Debate Scientific Realism and Metaphysics Thinking About the Ultimate Argument for Realism AgainstExpand
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Is Structural Realism Possible
This paper examines in detail two paths that lead to Structural Realism (SR), viz. a substantive philosophical position which asserts that only the structure of the world is knowable. The upward pathExpand
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