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Theory and Truth: Philosophical Critique within Foundational Science

Lawrence Sklar


Sceptics have often cast doubt on the legitimacy of claims to the effect that our best scientific theories are true. One ground for such scepticism is the fact that our theories advert to the existence and nature of unobservable entities and features of the world. Another ground for such scepticism is the fact that our theories rest upon our idealization of the world in their descriptions and explanations. A third ground for scepticism is the claim that all of our theories are but transient. If we expect even our best theories to ultimately be replaced, how can we think of them as truly descri ... More

Keywords: idealization, philosophy of science, scientific explanation, scientific theory, Lawrence Sklar, scepticism, transience, unobservables

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251575
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199251576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Sklar, author
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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