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Critical Scientific Realism

Ilkka Niiniluoto


This book gives a systematic formulation of critical scientific realism by surveying varieties of realism in ontology, semantics, epistemology, theory construction, and methodology. According to the standard version of scientific realism, scientific theories are attempts to give true descriptions of mind‐independent and possibly unobservable reality, where truth means correspondence between language and reality. Critical realism adds to this view four important qualifications: our access to the world is always relative to a chosen linguistic framework (conceptual pluralism); all human knowledg ... More

Keywords: constructive empiricism, fallibilism, instrumentalism, Kantianism, philosophy of science, pragmatism, realism, scientific progress, scientific realism, scientific theory, theory construction, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199251614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilkka Niiniluoto, author
University of Helsinki
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