J. D. Trout

in Measuring the Intentional World

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195107661
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786152 | DOI:

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This chapter summarizes the virtues of measured realism about the social and behavioral sciences, and reviews its comparative advantages over antirealism as well as minimal (local) and robust (global) variants of scientific realism. It also makes a projection about the fate of the naturalistic research begun here. This projection is based on track record of inference to the best explanation, and the current state of understanding of natural laws and causation.

Keywords: measured realism; natural laws; causation; naturalistic research; minimal realism; robust realism

Chapter.  3126 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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