Axiomathes 24 (2):263-273 (2014)

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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology
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Van Fraassen (1980) claims that successful theories exist today because successful theories survive and unsuccessful ones die. Wray (2007, 2010) appeals to Stanford’s new pessimistic induction (2006), arguing that van Fraassen’s selectionist explanation is better than the realist explanation that successful theories exist because they are approximately true. I argue that if the pessimistic induction is correct, then the evolutionary explanation is neither true nor empirically adequate, and that realism is better than selectionism because realism explains more phenomena in science than selectionism.
Keywords Evolutionary theory  Pessimistic induction  Scientific realism  Success of science
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