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Theoretical Virtues in Science: Uncovering Reality through Theory Hardcover – 24 May 2018

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (24 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1108422268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1108422260
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
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'In this ambitious book Samuel Schindler mounts a sustained defence of scientific realism, challenging the most important antirealist arguments with a comprehensive and multi-layered appeal to theoretical virtues. His advocacy for the general truth-conduciveness of these virtues, rejecting the lure of predictivism, is both balanced and persuasive.' Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge

'Steeped in the history of science and bursting with examples, this book turns a spotlight on the 'theoretical virtues' and their role in determining what the natural sciences reveal about our world. Fearlessly contesting received views of the import of novel predictions and the nature of ad hoc hypotheses, Schindler shows by example how general philosophy of science, and the history and philosophy of science, are indispensable to an understanding of scientific knowledge.' Anjan Chakravartty, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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Investigates what kinds of theories scientists do and should strive for and whether those theories allow us to be confident that science is reflecting reality. The book features historical case studies and in-depth philosophical analysis to criticise current views of theoretical virtues and to present new arguments for realism.

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