Background and Overview

  • Theo A. F. Kuipers
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 399)


Nomic truth approximation and its relation to confirmation and empirical progress were the leading themes of my book From instrumentalism to constructive realism of 2000. The present book offers again a synthesis of articles. It concerns in the first place six chapters ( 2,  3,  4,  5,  6, and  7) dealing with a very broad generalization of the theory of nomic truth approximation, discovered in 2012. Moreover it presents adapted and otherwise revised versions of nine previously published articles (8–16) about extensions, related kinds of reasoning, including belief revision, and the resulting epistemological position. This introductory chapter starts with a global description of this background. Then it presents the main conclusions of From instrumentalism to constructive realism, which roughly remain valid. This is followed by an overview of all chapters and next a list with references to the origin of them. It concludes with some indications for new research in order to compare the presented approach with other approaches.


Background Constructive realism Extensions From Instrumentalism to Constructive Realism ICR Generalization Nomic truth approximation Overview Related kinds of reasoning 


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  • Theo A. F. Kuipers
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  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhilosophyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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