Scientific Realism and the Future Development of Science

Diametros 60:61-71 (2019)

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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology
Abstract
Nickles (2016, 2017, forthcoming) raises many original objections against scientific realism. One of them holds that scientific realism originates from the end of history illusion. I reply that this objection is self-defeating and commits the genetic fallacy. Another objection is that it is unknowable whether our descendants will regard our current mature theories as true or false. I reply that this objection entails skepticism about induction, leading to skepticism about the world, which is inconsistent with the appeal to the end of history illusion. Finally, I argue that we have an inductive rationale for thinking that our descendants will regard our current mature theories as true.
Keywords end of history illusion  mature theories  scientific realism  pessimistic induction
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DOI 10.33392/diam.1119
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