Journal Article

Success, Truth and the Galilean Strategy

P. D. Magnus

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 54, issue 3, pages 465-474
Published in print September 2003 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online September 2003 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/54.3.465
Success, Truth and the Galilean Strategy

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Philip Kitcher develops the Galilean Strategy to defend realism against its many opponents. I explore the structure of the Galilean Strategy and consider it specifically as an instrument against constructive empiricism. Kitcher claims that the Galilean Strategy underwrites an inference from success to truth. We should resist that conclusion, I argue, but the Galilean Strategy should lead us by other routes to believe in many things about which the empiricist would rather remain agnostic.

1 Target: empiricism

2 The Galilean Strategy

3 Strengthening the argument

4 Success and truth

5 Conclusion

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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