Problemos 93:70-80 (2018)

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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology
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Nickles (2017) advocates scientific antirealism by appealing to the pessimistic induction over scientific theories, the illusion hypothesis (Quoidbach, Gilbert, and Wilson, 2013), and Darwin’s evolutionary theory. He rejects Putnam’s (1975: 73) no-miracles argument on the grounds that it uses inference to the best explanation. I object that both the illusion hypothesis and evolutionary theory clash with the pessimistic induction and with his negative attitude towards inference to the best explanation. I also argue that Nickles’s positive philosophical theories are subject to Park’s (2017a) pessimistic induction over antirealists.
Keywords End of History Illusion  Evolutionary Theory  Motivation  Scientific Antirealism  Pessimistic Induction  Scientific Realism
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