An Epistemic Foundation for Scientific Realism: Defending Realism Without Inference to the Best Explanation

Springer Verlag (2018)

Abstract
The book is a defence of scientific realism. Its primary aim is to argue that it is possible to establish scientific realism without Inference to the Best Explanation. The idea that plays the central role in the book is an "Eddington-inference". Arthur Eddington once considered a hypothetical ichthyologist who concluded from the fact that his net contained no fish smaller than the holes in his net that there were in the sea no fish smaller than the holes in his net. Although Eddington himself defended the inference, the author of the present volume argues on probabilistic grounds that it is likely such an inference is flawed. He generalises the argument to develop a probabilistic justification for scientific realist claims about the existence of unobservable entities.
Keywords scientific realism  Inference to the best explanation  induction  probability  Psillos  van Fraassen
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ISBN(s) 9783030022174   978-3-030-02217-4   978-3-030-02218-1
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-02218-1
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