Philosophical Studies

, Volume 137, Issue 1, pp 141–148

Recurrent transient underdetermination and the glass half full

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11098-007-9172-2

Cite this article as:
Godfrey-Smith, P. Philos Stud (2008) 137: 141. doi:10.1007/s11098-007-9172-2

Abstract

Kyle Stanford’s arguments against scientific realism are assessed, with a focus on the underdetermination of theory by evidence. I argue that discussions of underdetermination have neglected a possible symmetry which may ameliorate the situation.

Keywords

Theory Evidence Scientific realism Underdetermination Approximate truth 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA