Realism and Idealisation

Metaphysical Objections to Scientific Realism
  • Alan Musgrave
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 160)


Scientific realists have often been accused of hitching their wagon to some unsavoury metaphysical view or other. Many have thought that science freed of metaphysical encumbrances would not be realist science. Duhem thought so — and so, in our own times, do Bas van Fraassen and Arthur Fine.


Scientific Realism Cooking Time Vacuous Truth Pessimistic Induction Universal Gravitation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Musgrave
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  1. 1.University of OtagoNew Zealand

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