Axiomathes 27 (3):321-332 (2017)

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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology
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Does science move toward truths? Are present scientific theories (approximately) true? Should we invoke truths to explain the success of science? Do our cognitive faculties track truths? Some philosophers say yes, while others say no, to these questions. Interestingly, both groups use the same scientific theory, viz., evolutionary theory, to defend their positions. I argue that it begs the question for the former group to do so because their positive answers imply that evolutionary theory is warranted, whereas it is self-defeating for the latter group to do so because their negative answers imply that evolutionary theory is unwarranted.
Keywords Goal of Science  Success of Science  Evolutionary (Debunking) Arguments
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