This then serves as the basis of a skeptical argument regarding the truth of any particular theory the realist may wish to endorse. One skeptical response is to question the very need for an explanation of the success of science in the first place.
On such a view, it would seem that not only the meanings but also the referents of terms are constrained by paradigmatic boundaries. The constructive empiricist thus recognizes claims about unobservables as true or false, but feels no need to believe or disbelieve them.
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Different assumptions ab initio regarding what sorts of inferences are legitimate, what sorts of evidence reasonably support belief, whether there is a genuine demand for the explanation of observable phenomena in terms of underlying realities, and so on, may render some arguments between realists and antirealists question-begging.
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Miller ; Cartwright The New Philosophy of Science, Chicago: Some define it in terms of the successful reference of theoretical terms to things in the world, both observable and unobservable. Fortunately, underlying the many idiosyncratic qualifications and variants of the position, there is a common core of ideas, typified by an epistemically positive attitude toward the outputs of scientific investigation, regarding both observable and unobservable aspects of the world.
The argument from underdetermination proceeds as follows: Before considering the nuances of what scientific realism entails, it is useful to distinguish between two different kinds of definition in this context. The argument here can be viewed as resting on an intuition similar to that underlying the miracle argument: This reaction is to reject one of the key premises of the argument from underdetermination, viz.
Two difficulties are immediately apparent regarding the realist aspiration to infer truth approximate truth, existence of entities, etc. More common rejections of mind-independence stem from neo-Kantian views of the nature of scientific knowledge, which deny that the world of our experience is mind-independent, even if in some cases these positions accept that the world in itself does not depend on the existence of minds.
In just the way that some authors suggest that the miracle argument is an instance of fallacious reasoning—the base rate fallacy see section 2.
For other responses, see Leplin ; McAllister ; Chakravartty a: The challenge of making these qualifications more precise, however, is significant, and has generated much discussion.
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On these construals, however, both the notion of maturity and the notion of being non-ad hoc are admittedly vague. The greater the extent to which detections can be corroborated by different means, the stronger the argument for realism regarding their putative target.Debates about scientific realism are closely connected to almost everything else in the philosophy of science, for they concern the very nature of scientific knowledge.
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