Scientific Realism

[Revised entry by Anjan Chakravartty on June 12, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Debates about scientific realism are closely connected to almost everything else in the philosophy of
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[Revised entry by Anjan Chakravartty on June 12, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] 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. Scientific realism is a positive epistemic attitude toward the content of our best theories and models, recommending belief in both observable and unobservable aspects of the world described by the sciences. This epistemic attitude has important metaphysical and semantic dimensions, and these various commitments are contested by a number of rival epistemologies of science, known...

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