The Present State of the Scientific Realism Debate [chapter]

Stathis Psillos
2009 Knowing the Structure of Nature  
The unique attraction of realism is the nice balance of feasibility and dignity that it offers to our quest of knowledge. (...) We want the mountain to be climbable, but we also want it to be a real mountain, not some sort of reification of aspects of ourselves. Wright [1988], 25 _____________________________________________ ABSTRACT In this survey article I try to appraise the present state of the scientific realism debate with an eye to important but hitherto unexplored suggestions and open
more » ... gestions and open issues that need further work. In section 2, I shall mostly focus on the relation between scientific realism and truth. In section 3, I shall discuss the grounds for the realists' epistemic optimism.
doi:10.1057/9780230234666_1 fatcat:2te6olqkgvab5k55kacvg36a5u