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Coherence of Our Best Scientific Theories

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Title
Coherence of Our Best Scientific Theories
Author
Park, Seungbae
Keywords
Coherence; Kitcher; Laudan; Putnam; Scientific realism; Success
Issue Date
201102
Publisher
SPRINGER
Citation
FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE, v.16, no.1, pp.21 - 30
Abstract
Putnam in Realism in mathematics and Elsewhere, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1975) infers from the success of a scientific theory to its approximate truth and the reference of its key term. Laudan in Philos Sci 49:19-49 (1981) objects that some past theories were successful, and yet their key terms did not refer, so they were not even approximately true. Kitcher in The advancement of science, Oxford University Press, New York (1993) replies that the past theories are approximately true because their working posits are true, although their idle posits are false. In contrast, I argue that successful theories which cohere with each other are approximately true, and that their key terms refer. My position is immune to Laudan's counterexamples to Putnam's inference and yields a solution to a problem with Kitcher's position.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10699-010-9198-3
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1233-1821
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