Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism by Michael J. ShafferCounterfactuals and Scientific Realism by Michael J. Shaffer

Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism

byMichael J. Shaffer

Hardcover | August 13, 2012

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The author attempts to show that scientific realism is compatible with the presence of idealization in the sciences. His main contention is that idealized theories can be treated as counterfactuals about how things are in worlds that are similar to but simpler than the actual world.
MICHAEL SHAFFER is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University, USA. He is the author ofThe Experimental Turn and the Methods of Philosophy, co-editor ofWhat Place for the A Priori?and has published many articles about epistemology, logic and the philosophy of science.
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Title:Counterfactuals and Scientific RealismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:209 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.99 inPublished:August 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308457

ISBN - 13:9780230308459

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Series Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Introduction The Concept of Idealization The Ubiquity of Idealization and Its Logic Epistemic Access, Confirmation and Idealization Idealization, Inference to the Best Explanation and Scientific Realism References Index