Why Does Laudan’s Confutation of Convergent Realism Fail?

Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 37 (2):393 - 403 (2006)
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Abstract

In his paper "A Confutation of Convergent Realism", Larry Laudan offered one of the most powerful criticisms of scientific realism. I defend here that although Laudan's criticism is right, this does not refute the realist position. The thesis that Laudan confutes is a much stronger thesis than realist needs to maintain. As I will exemplify with Salmon's statistical-relevance model, a less strict notion of explanation would allow us to claim that (approximate) truth is the best explanation for such success, even if it is accepted that there can be cases of unsuccessful (approximately) true theories and cases of successful false theories

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Antonio Diéguez
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El debate epistemológico sobre el realismo convergente.Damián Islas Mondragón - 2010 - Daimon: Revista de Filosofia Supplemento 3:311-320.

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