Scientific progress without increasing verisimilitude: In response to Niiniluoto


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Darrell P. Rowbottom
Lingnan University
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First, I argue that scientific progress is possible in the absence of increasing verisimilitude in science’s theories. Second, I argue that increasing theoretical verisimilitude is not the central, or primary, dimension of scientific progress. Third, I defend my previous argument that unjustified changes in scientific belief may be progressive. Fourth, I illustrate how false beliefs can promote scientific progress in ways that cannot be explicated by appeal to verisimilitude.
Keywords Scientific Progress  Scientific Realism  Niiniluoto  Aim of Science  Verisimilitude  Instrumentalism
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2015.01.003
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