Revue Philosophique De Louvain 98 (3):589-602 (2000)

Howard Sankey
University of Melbourne
This paper addresses the question of whether it is rational for scientists to pursue the realist aim of truth. The point of departure is a pair of objections to the aim of truth due to the anti-realist author, Larry Laudan: first, it is not rational to pursue an aim such as truth which we cannot know we have reached; second, truth is not a legitimate aim for science because it cannot be shown to be attained. Against Laudan, it is argued not only that it is possible to achieve theoretical knowledge, but that we may have evidence of an indirect, fallible nature that the methods employed in science do indeed lead to the truth.
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Beyond Positivism and Relativism.Larry Laudan - 1998 - Mind 107 (425):233-235.
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