Critical Scientific Realism by Ilkka Niiniluoto

Critical Scientific Realism

byIlkka Niiniluoto

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Ilkka Niiniluoto comes to the rescue of scientific realism, showing that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Philosophical realism holds that the aim of a particular discourse is to make true statements about its subject-matter. Niiniluoto surveys the different varieties ofrealism in ontology, semantics, epistemology, theory construction, and methodology. He then sets out his own original version, and defends it against competing theories in the philosophy of science. Niiniluoto's critical scientific realism is founded upon the notion of truth as correspondencebetween language and reality, and characterizes scientific progress in terms of increasing truthlikeness. This makes it possible not only to take seriously, but also to make precise, the troublesome idea that scientific theories typically are false but nevertheless close to the truth.

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Ilkka Niiniluoto is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki.
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Title:Critical Scientific RealismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:355 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Varieties of Realism2. Realism in Ontology;3. Realism in Semantics4. Realism in Epistemology5. Realism in Theory Construction6. Realism in Methodology7. Internal Realism8. 8. Relativism9. Social Constructivism10. Realism, Science, and SocietyReferences, Indexes

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`the scope of Niiniluoto's discussion is impressively broad'Peter Menzies, TLS