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Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives

P. Kyle Stanford


The incredible achievements of modern scientific theories lead most of us to embrace scientific realism: the view that our best theories offer us at least roughly accurate descriptions of otherwise inaccessible parts of the world like genes, atoms, and the big bang. This book argues that careful attention to the history of scientific investigation invites a challenge to this view that is not well represented in contemporary debates about the nature of the scientific enterprise. The historical record of scientific inquiry, the book suggests, is characterized by the problem of unconceived altern ... More

Keywords: scientific realism, scientific investigation, scientific inquiry, unconceived alternatives, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, August Weismann

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195174089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. Kyle Stanford, author
University of California, Irvine
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