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New Directions in the Philosophy of Science

Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism

Authors: Shaffer, Michael

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The author attempts to show that scientific realism is compatible with the presence of idealization in the sciences. His main contention is that idealized theories can be treated as counterfactuals about how things are in worlds that are similar to but simpler than the actual world.

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MICHAEL SHAFFER is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University, USA. He is the author of The Experimental Turn and the Methods of Philosophy, co-editor of What Place for the A Priori? and has published many articles about epistemology, logic and the philosophy of science.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Shaffer, Michael J.

    Pages 1-10

  • The Concept of Idealization

    Shaffer, Michael J.

    Pages 11-46

  • The Ubiquity of Idealization and Its Logic

    Shaffer, Michael J.

    Pages 47-100

  • Epistemic Access, Confirmation, and Idealization

    Shaffer, Michael J.

    Pages 101-144

  • Idealization, Inference to the Best Explanation, and Scientific Realism

    Shaffer, Michael J.

    Pages 145-193

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in the Philosophy of Science
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27158-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137271587
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30845-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33906-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 209
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