The Role of Existential Quantification in Scientific Realism
, SUKI FINN
Extensive philosophical debates about scientific realism
have centred around the issue of whether or not we are justified in inferring that those unobservable entities are correctly described by scientific theories (see, e.
Keywords: Scientific Realism
, Health Policy, Politics Epistemology, Causality, Social Mechanisms
A second class of objections to scientific realism
can be characterized as postmodern interpretivist objections.
in Particle Physics: A Causal Approach
London: Unpublished manuscript, London School of Economics Scientific Realism
Revisited Conference, 2009.
Bender proposes three realisms: Romantic realism, objective realism, and scientific realism
and his idea is based on Francisco Javier Prado Biezma's thought.
Much of the debate over realism in the philosophy of mathematics bears deep connections to debates over scientific realism
Such a cognitive/metaphysical system would provide a rationale in defense of scientific realism
that does not end with logic, but begins with it.
The importance of scientific realism
or critical realism as the term is generally used in social sciences lies in providing an alternative understanding of science as compared to both the positivist and post-positivist conceptions including post-structuralist, hermeneutic and constructivist accounts of social reality.
Ricoeur's conception of reference can be applied to theories of scientific realism
12) Leplin, Jarrett, A Novel Defense of Scientific Realism
, Nueva York: Oxford University Press, 1997, p.