Unconceived alternatives and the cathedral problem

  title={Unconceived alternatives and the cathedral problem},
  author={Samuel Ruhmkorff},
  • Samuel Ruhmkorff
  • Published 2015
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • Kyle Stanford claims we have historical evidence that there likely are plausible unconceived alternatives in fundamental domains of science, and thus evidence that our best theories in these domains are probably false. Accordingly, we should adopt a form of instrumentalism. Elsewhere, I have argued that in fact we do not have historical evidence for the existence of plausible unconceived alternatives in particular domains of science, and that the main challenge to scientific realism is rather… CONTINUE READING
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