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 Maarten Maartensz:    Philosophical Dictionary | Filosofisch Woordenboek                      

 R - Realism - Scientific


 
Scientific realism: The thesis that human beings all are part of one and the same reality that is most successfully known, understood, explained and changed by scientific methods.

Note that there are other ways of trying to understand or influence nature, such as religion, superstition and magic, which tend to have claims and results that are only believed by the faithful in such things (see: Wishful thinking), and that there are other ways of trying to understand or influence human beings, namely by art, intuition, imaginatively taking their place, or talking or living with them.

This Philosophical Dictionary is written mostly from a point of view that is fairly described as scientific realism, in the sense defined. See also: Natural Realism.

 


See also: Natural Realism, Rationality, Representing, Science, Basic Logic - semantics


Literature:

Bunge, Hawkins, Toraldo, Stegmüller

 Original: Aug 15, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top