Should Scientists Embrace Scientific Realism or Antirealism?

Philosophical Forum 50 (1):147-158 (2019)
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Abstract

If scientists embrace scientific realism, they can use a scientific theory to explain and predict observables and unobservables. If, however, they embrace scientific antirealism, they cannot use a scientific theory to explain observables and unobservables, and cannot use a scientific theory to predict unobservables. Given that explanation and prediction are means to make scientific progress, scientists can make more scientific progress, if they embrace scientific realism than if they embrace scientific antirealism.

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Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology

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