Critiques of Axiological Realism and Surrealism

Acta Analytica 35 (1):61-74 (2020)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Lyons’s (2003, 2018) axiological realism holds that science pursues true theories. I object that despite its name, it is a variant of scientific antirealism, and is susceptible to all the problems with scientific antirealism. Lyons (2003, 2018) also advances a variant of surrealism as an alternative to the realist explanation for success. I object that it does not give rise to understanding because it is an ad hoc explanans and because it gives a conditional explanation. Lyons might use axiological realism to account for the success of a theory. I object that some alternative axiological explanations are better than the axiological realist explanation, and that the axiological realist explanation is teleological. Finally, I argue that Putnam’s realist position is more elegant than Lyons’s.
Reprint years
2019, 2020
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
First archival date: 2019-07-12
Latest version: 2 (2019-07-29)
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
146 ( #27,467 of 51,565 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
48 ( #11,530 of 51,565 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.