Scientific progress without increasing verisimilitude : in response to Niiniluoto
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Instrumentalism, Niiniluoto, Scientific change, Scientific progress, Scientific realism, Verisimilitude
First, I argue that scientific progress is possible in the absence of increasing verisimilitude in science's theories. Second, I argue that increasing theoretical verisimilitude is not the central, or primary, dimension of scientific progress. Third, I defend my previous argument that unjustified changes in scientific belief may be progressive. Fourth, I illustrate how false beliefs can promote scientific progress in ways that cannot be explicated by appeal to verisimilitude.
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Rowbottom, D. P. (2015). Scientific progress without increasing verisimilitude: In response to Niiniluoto. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 51, 100-104. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2015.01.003