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Measuring the Intentional WorldRealism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences$
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J. D. Trout

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195107661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195107667.001.0001

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(p.256) Nine Conclusion
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Measuring the Intentional World
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J. D. Trout (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195107667.003.0009

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

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