Counterfactuals and Scientific Realism

  • Michael J. Shaffer

Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michael J. Shaffer
    Pages 1-10
  3. Michael J. Shaffer
    Pages 11-46
  4. Michael J. Shaffer
    Pages 47-100
  5. Michael J. Shaffer
    Pages 101-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 194-209

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

access concept knowledge logic realism

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Shaffer
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Cloud State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137271587
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-33906-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-27158-7
  • About this book