Did Ptolemy make novel predictions? Launching Ptolemaic astronomy into the scientific realism debate.

  title={Did Ptolemy make novel predictions? Launching Ptolemaic astronomy into the scientific realism debate.},
  author={Christi{\'a}n Carlos Carman and Jos{\'e} D{\'i}ez},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of science},
The goal of this paper, both historical and philosophical, is to launch a new case into the scientific realism debate: geocentric astronomy. Scientific realism about unobservables claims that the non-observational content of our successful/justified empirical theories is true, or approximately true. The argument that is currently considered the best in favor of scientific realism is the No Miracles Argument: the predictive success of a theory that makes (novel) observational predictions while… CONTINUE READING


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