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What can scientific realists think about scientific method(s)?

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First, I will identify a methodological thesis associated with scientific realism. This has different variants, but each concerns the reliability of scientific methods in connection with acquiring, or approaching, truth or approximate truth. Second, I will show how this thesis bears on what scientists should do when considering new theories that significantly contradict older theories. Third, I will explore how vulnerable scientific realism is to a reductio ad absurdum as a result. Finally, I will consider which variants of the methodological thesis are the most defensible in light of the earlier findings.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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