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Bringing Real Realism Back Home: A Perspectival Slant

Michela Massimi

in The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780199381357
eISBN:
9780199381371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199381357.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Science

Michela Massimi attempts to rescue Kitcher’s real realism from an inadequacy she believes it faces. She argues that his use of the distinction between idle wheels and working posits is inadequate in ... More


The Instrumental Success of Scientific Metaphor: Putting the scientific realism issue into perspective

Andrew S. Reynolds

in The Third Lens: Metaphor and the Creation of Modern Cell Biology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226563121
eISBN:
9780226563435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226563435.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers the implications of science’s reliance on metaphor for the thesis of scientific realism. Can scientists employ metaphor and still claim to provide objective knowledge of ... More


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