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Science and Partial Truth: A Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning

Newton C. A. da Costa and Steven French


In the past thirty years, two fundamental issues have emerged in the philosophy of science. One concerns the appropriate attitude we should take towards scientific theories — whether we should regard them as true or merely empirically adequate, for example. The other concerns the nature of scientific theories and models and how these might best be represented. This book looks at these two issues together by arguing that theories and models should be regarded as partially rather than wholly true. It adopts a framework that sheds new light on issues to do with belief, theory acceptance, and the ... More

Keywords: scientific theory, belief, theory acceptanace, realism-antirealism debate, partial structures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/019515651X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Newton C. A. da Costa, author
University of Sao Paolo

Steven French, author
University of Leeds
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