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The Relativity of Theory

Key Positions and Arguments in the Contemporary Scientific Realism/Antirealism Debate

Authors: Mizrahi, Moti

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  • Introduces the key arguments and positions in the scientific realism/antirealism debate
  • Examines the key arguments for and against scientific realism in a rigorous manner
  • Develops a position that provides a middle-ground between scientific realism and antirealism
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This book offers a close and rigorous examination of the arguments for and against scientific realism and introduces key positions in the scientific realism/antirealism debate, which is one of the central debates in contemporary philosophy of science. On the one hand, scientific realists argue that we have good reasons to believe that our best scientific theories are approximately true because, if they were not even approximately true, they would not be able to explain and predict natural phenomena with such impressive accuracy. On the other hand, antirealists argue that the success of science does not warrant belief in the approximate truth of our best scientific theories. This is because the history of science is a graveyard of theories that were once successful but were later discarded. The author eventually settles on a middle-ground position between scientific realism and antirealism called “relative realism”.

About the authors

Moti Mizrahi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Institute of Technology. He is the editor of The Kuhnian Image of Science: Time for a Decisive Transformation? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). He is an Associate and Book Reviews Editor of Philosophia (Springer). He has published extensively on the philosophy of science, the scientific realism/antirealism debate, the epistemology of philosophy, and argumentation. His work has appeared in journals such as Argumentation, Erkenntnis, Philosophical Studies, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and Synthese.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Relativity of Theory
Book Subtitle
Key Positions and Arguments in the Contemporary Scientific Realism/Antirealism Debate
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
431
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-58047-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-58047-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-58046-9
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 171
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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