Historical inductions, Old and New

Synthese:1-15 (2015)

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Juha Saatsi
University of Leeds
Abstract
I review prominent historical arguments against scientific realism to indicate how they display a systematic overshooting in the conclusions drawn from the historical evidence. The root of the overshooting can be located in some critical, undue presuppositions regarding realism. I will highlight these presuppositions in connection with both Laudan’s ‘Old induction’ and Stanford’s New induction, and then delineate a minimal realist view that does without the problematic presuppositions.
Keywords Realism  Pessimistic induction  Stanford
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0855-5
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