Title

Scientific realism : what it is, the contemporary debate, and new directions

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Synthese

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Volume

Advance publication

First Page

1

Last Page

34

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Keywords

Scientific anti-realism, Scientific progress, Scientific realism, Selective realism

Abstract

First, I answer the controversial question ’What is scientific realism?’ with extensive reference to the varied accounts of the position in the literature. Second, I provide an overview of the key developments in the debate concerning scientific realism over the past decade. Third, I provide a summary of the other contributions to this special issue.

DOI

10.1007/s11229-017-1484-y

Print ISSN

00397857

E-ISSN

15730964

Funding Information

Funding from RGC on author's recent work on scientific realism (via a Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship, ‘The Instrument of Science’).

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Recommended Citation

Rowbottom, D. P. (2017). Scientific realism: What it is, the contemporary debate, and new directions. Synthese, Advance publication, 1-34. doi: 10.1007/s11229-017-1484-y

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