Should scientific realists embrace theoretical conservatism?

@article{Dellsn2019ShouldSR,
  title={Should scientific realists embrace theoretical conservatism?},
  author={Finnur Dells{\'e}n},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of science},
  year={2019},
  volume={76},
  pages={
          30-38
        }
}
  • Finnur Dellsén
  • Published 2019
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of science
  • A prominent type of scientific realism holds that some important parts of our best current scientific theories are at least approximately true. According to such realists, radically distinct alternatives to these theories, or theory-parts, are unlikely to be approximately true. Thus, one might be tempted to argue, as the prominent anti-realist Kyle Stanford recently did, that realists of this kind have little or no reason to encourage scientists to attempt to identify and develop theoretical… CONTINUE READING
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