Motivational Realism: The Natural Classification for Pierre Duhem

@article{Darling2003MotivationalRT,
  title={Motivational Realism: The Natural Classification for Pierre Duhem},
  author={K. Darling},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={70},
  pages={1125 - 1136}
}
  • K. Darling
  • Published 2003
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • This paper addresses a central interpretive problem in understanding Pierre Duhem's philosophy of science. The problem arises because there is textual support for both realist and antirealist readings of his work. I argue that his realist and antirealist claims are different. For Duhem, scientific reasoning leads straight to antirealism. But intuition (reasons of the heart) motivates, without justifying, a kind of realism. I develop this idea to suggest a motivational realist interpretation of… CONTINUE READING
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