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Resisting scientific anti-realism

K. Brad Wray: Resisting scientific realism. Cambridge University Press, 2018, 224pp, $105 HB
  • Peter VickersEmail author
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Wray’s book Resisting Scientific Realism is a welcome addition to the philosophy of science literature. It joins just a handful of book-length discussions of the realism debate in the past 20 years. I expect that anybody interested in the realism debate, or the relationship between science and truth more generally, would profit from reading it. Indeed, I for one have benefitted tremendously from reading it, especially Chapter 4 and Chapters 6–7. I have found consideration of the concept of epistemic privilege (Chapter 4), and the significance of the exponential growth of science (Chapter 6) particularly fruitful for helping my own thinking to move forward. Overall, Wray does a good job of putting his finger on certain elements of the debate that need development, and showing the reader where realist arguments have sometimes been lacking.

One issue I could have spent this review discussing is the neglect of ‘selective realism’, a very important contemporary realist strategy, dating back...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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