The Underdetermination of Theories and Scientific Realism

@article{Alai2018TheUO,
  title={The Underdetermination of Theories and Scientific Realism},
  author={Mario Alai},
  journal={Axiomathes},
  year={2018},
  pages={1-17}
}
  • Mario Alai
  • Published 1 December 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Axiomathes
The empirical underdetermination of theories is a philosophical problem which until the last century has not seriously troubled actual science. The reason is that confirmation does not depend only on empirical consequences, and theoretical virtues allow to choose among empirically equivalent theories. Moreover, I argue that the theories selected in this way are not just pragmatically or aesthetically better, but more probably (and/or largely) true. At present in quantum mechanics not even… 

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