Science without representation

Analysis 70 (3):536-547 (2010)
I think van Fraassen is right to see the development of quantum mechanics as a turning point for physical science with a profound moral for philosophy, and not just for the philosophy of science. But the moral is not that even a completely successful physical theory may fail to account for the appearances by showing how they arise within the reality it represents. The moral is more radical: it is that a physical theory – even a fundamental theory – may be completely successful in all its applications without offering a representation of reality at all
Keywords Critical response to Scientific Representation
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anq039
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