Philosophia Scientae 19:85-98 (2015)

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem
University of Pretoria
Naturalised realism’ is presented as a version of realism which is more compatible with the history of science than convergent or explanationist forms of realism. The account is unpacked according to four theses: 1) Whether realism is warranted with regards to a particular theory depends on the kind and quality of evidence available for that theory; 2) Reference is about causal interaction with the world; 3) Most of science happens somewhere in between instrumentalism and scientific realism on a continuum of stances towards the status of theories; 4) The degree to which realism is warranted has something to do with the degree to which theories successfully refer, rather than with the truth of theories
Keywords scientific realism  epistemic realism  convergent realism  reference  scientific truth
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DOI 10.4000/philosophiascientiae.1042
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