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Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism

by Michael J. Shaffer

Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science Series

Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780230308459
Publication date: 13th August 2012
Author: Michael J. Shaffer
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 209 pages
Categories: Philosophy of science, Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge,

About Michael J. Shaffer

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.

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