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Scientific Realism and the Quantum$
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Steven French and Juha Saatsi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814979.001.0001

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Truth vs. Progress Realism about Spin

Truth vs. Progress Realism about Spin

(p.35) 3 Truth vs. Progress Realism about Spin
Scientific Realism and the Quantum

Juha Saatsi

Oxford University Press

Scientific realism about spin is easily motivated. But what does it amount to? To answer this question, Chapter 3 contrasts in general terms two epistemological conceptions of realism—truth-content vs. progress realism—before problematizing truth-content realism in the context of quantum physics. After articulating the challenge faced by truth-content realism, the chapter argues that progress realism avoids it, offering a stable middle ground between anti-realism and traditional truth-content realism.

Keywords:   scientific realism, quantum mechanics, underdetermination, metaphysical interpretation, spin, spintronics, approximate truth, scientific progress

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