Systematicity theory meets Socratic scientific realism: the systematic quest for truth

  title={Systematicity theory meets Socratic scientific realism: the systematic quest for truth},
  author={Timothy Daniel Lyons},
  • T. Lyons
  • Published 1 March 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Synthese
Systematicity theory—developed and articulated by Paul Hoyningen-Huene—and scientific realism constitute separate encompassing and empirical accounts of the nature of science. Standard scientific realism asserts the axiological thesis that science seeks truth and the epistemological thesis that we can justifiably believe our successful theories at least approximate that aim. By contrast, questions pertaining to truth are left “outside” systematicity theory’s “intended scope” (21); the… 
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