Antirealist Explanations of the Success of Science

  title={Antirealist Explanations of the Success of Science},
  author={Andr{\'e} Kukla},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={S298 - S305}
  • A. Kukla
  • Published 1 September 1996
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
Scientific realists have argued that the truth(likeness) of our theories provides the only explanation for the success of science. I consider alternative explanations proposed by antirealists. I endorse Leplin's contention that neither van Fraassen's Darwinist explanation nor Laudan's methodological explanation provides the sort of explanatory alternative which is called for in this debate. Fine's suggestion--that the empirical adequacy of our theories already explains their success--is more… 
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