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Theory and Truth

Lawrence Sklar

in Theory and Truth

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251575
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598449 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251576.003.0002
 Theory and Truth

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Sceptics base their claims against taking our best scientific theories as true on several grounds: the positing of unobservable entities and features in these theories, the idealizations made in constructing and using these theories, the fact that we believe these theories to be only temporary occupants of our scientific canon of accepted theories. Arguments familiar from such abstract scepticism play a role within the scientific project of theory construction and evaluation itself. But they take on a very different form when they function internally to science than they have in abstract philosophy.

Keywords: idealization; scientific explanation; scientific theory; scepticism; theories; transience; unobservables

Chapter.  2857 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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