Title
Singularist semirealism Singularist semirealism
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Philosophy
History
Source (journal)
The British journal for the philosophy of science. - London
Volume/pages
64(2013) :2 , p. 371-394
ISSN
0007-0882
ISI
000318809200007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper proposes to carve out a new position in the scientific realism/antirealism debate and argue that it captures some of the most important realist and some of the most important antirealist considerations. The view, briefly stated, is that there is always a fact of the matter about whether the singular statements science gives us are literally true, but there is no fact of the matter about whether the non-singular statements science gives us are literally true. I call this view singularist semirealism. Singularist semirealism sides with scientific realism with regards to singular statements but it is an antirealist view with regards to non-singular statements. In this sense, singularist semirealism could be considered to be 'the best of both worlds'.
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