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Scientific Realism is one of the most fundamental notions in the philosophy of science and is emerging as a major topic across academic disciplines. The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over thirty-five chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into five parts: Historical development of the realist stanceClassic debate: core issues and positionsPerspectives on contemporary debatesThe realism debate in disciplinary contextBroader reflections Within these sections central issues, debates and problems are examined, questions covered include: what is scientific realism? How has the scientific realism debate evolved since the heyday of logical empiricism? What are the arguments for and against scientific realism? What is the relevance of the notion of perspective and pluralism on realism? What are the issues of realism in the context of scientific modelling? What is the relevance of the social dimension of knowledge? What discipline specific issues are there with scientific realism? The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of science.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138888850
  • 9781138888852

Table of contents

CONTENTS Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction: Scientific realism in the 21st century -ã Juha Saatsi PART I: Historical development of the realist stance 1 Realism and logical empiricism -ã Matthias Neuber 2 The realist turn in the philosophy of science -ã Stathis Psillos PART II: Classic debate: core issues and positions 3 Success of science as a motivation for realism -ã K. Brad Wray 4 Historical challenges to realism -ã Peter Vickers 5 Underdetermination -ã Dana Tulodziecki 6 Kuhn, relativism and realism -ã Howard Sankey 7 Instrumentalism -ã Darrell P. Rowbottom 8 Empiricism -ã Otavio Bueno 9 Structural Realism and its Variants -ã Ioannis Votsis 10 Entity realism -ã Matthias Egg 11 Truthlikeness and Approximate Truth -ã Gerhard Schurz PART III: Perspectives on contemporary debates 12 Global vs. local arguments for realism -ã Lea Henderson 13 Perspectivism -ã Michela Massimi 14 Pluralism and scientific realism -ã Hasok Chang 15 Scientific progress -ã Ilkka Niiniluoto 16 Realism and the limits of explanatory reasoning -ã Juha Saatsi 17 Unconceived alternatives and uniformitarian instrumentalism -ã P. Kyle Stanford 18 Realism, Antirealism, Epistemic Stances, and Voluntarism -ã Anjan Chakravartty 19 Modeling and Realism: Strange Bedfellows? -ã Arnon Levy 20 Success and Scientific Realism: Considerations from the Philosophy of Simulation -ã Eric Winsberg and Ali Mirza 21 Scientific realism and social epistemology -ã Martin Kusch PART IV: The realism debate in disciplinary context 22 Scientific Realism and High Energy Physics -ã Richard Dawid 23 Getting Real about Quantum Mechanics -ã Laura Ruetsche 24 Scientific Realism and Primordial Cosmology -ã Jeremy Butterfield 25 Three Kinds of Realism about Historical Science -ã Derek Turner 26 Scientific Realism and the Earth Sciences -ã Teru Miyake 27 Scientific realism and chemistry -ã Paul Needham 28 Realism about cognitive science -ã Mark Sprevak 29 Scientific Realism and Economics -ã Harold Kincaid PART V: Broader reflections 30 Realism and theories of truth -ã Jamin Asay 31 Realism and metaphysics -ã Steven French 32 Mathematical realism and naturalism -ã Mary Leng 33 Scientific realism and epistemology -ã Alexander Bird 34 Natural kinds for the scientific realist -ã Matthew Slatershow more

About Juha Saatsi

Juha Saatsi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK.show more

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'This is a very useful overview of the state of the art in the debate about scientific realism, a perfect guide for both scholars and graduate students in metaphysics and philosophy of science.' Michael Esfeld, University of Lausanne, Switzerlandshow more