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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-767
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Volume83
Issue number5
Early online date17 Jun 2016
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StatePublished - Dec 2016

Abstract

Success-to-truth inferences have been the realist stronghold for long time. Scientific success is the parameter by which realists claim to discern approximately true theories from false ones. But scientific success needs be probed a bit deeper. In this paper, I tell three tales of scientific success, by considering in turn success from nowhere, success from here now, and success from within. I argue for a suitable version of success from within that can do justice to the historically situated nature of our scientific knowledge. The outcome is a new way of thinking about success-to-truth inferences along perspectivalist lines.

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