Re-enchanting Realism in Debate with Kyle Stanford

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
In this article, against the background of a notion of ‘assembled’ truth, the evolutionary progressiveness of a theory is suggested as novel and promising explanation for the success of science. A new version of realism in science, referred to as ‘naturalised realism’ is outlined. Naturalised realism is ‘fallibilist’ in the unique sense that it captures and mimics the self-corrective core of scientific knowledge and its progress. It is argued that naturalised realism disarms Kyle Stanford’s anti-realist ‘new induction’ threats by showing that ‘explanationism’ and his ‘epistemic instrumentalism’ are just two positions among many on a constantly evolving continuum of options between instrumentalism and full-blown realism. In particular it is demonstrated that not only can naturalised realism redefine the terms of realist debate in such a way that no talk of miracles need enter the debate, but it also promises interesting defenses against inductive- and under-determination-based anti-realist arguments
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2016-09-20
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

View all 85 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Repositioning Realism.Ruttkamp-Bloem, Emma

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
212 ( #16,798 of 43,840 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
14 ( #36,128 of 43,840 )

How can I increase my downloads?

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