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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814979.003.0003

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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