scientific realism vs antirealism

The former are retained in later theories; the latter are not. This gives an intuitively plausible reading of the Twin-Earth scenario: Oscar is talking about water (H2O) and Twin-Oscar is talking about Twin-water (XYZ). Unlike rules, (i) they are individually imprecise and incomplete, and (ii) they can collectively conflict (and there is no a priori method to break ties or resolve conflicts). Many scientists work within two traditions without experiencing gestalt shifts (for example, 19th century energetics and molecular theories). Scientific Realism vs. Anti-Realism. Others espoused global antirealism. The amount of items that will be exported is indicated in the bubble next to export format. It is not that physical objects are fictions; rather, all there is to being a real physical object is its empirical reality—its system of relations to verifiable experience. Whereas theoretical explanations allow acceptable alternatives and need not be true, causal explanations prohibit acceptable alternatives and require the cause’s existence. Some of the major arguments on both sides of this debate are evaluated in this chapter, though special attention is paid to the so-called “miracle argument” for scientific realism. IR3 replaces allegedly problematic, inaccessible mind-independent objects with unproblematic, accessible objects that would be produced by the conceptual scheme we would reach in the ideal theory, and IR4 relates our words to the world as it would be carved up according to the ideal theory. For Quine, metaphysical questions are just the most general and abstract questions we ask and are decided on the grounds we use to decide whether electrons exist. Third, although we should reject IBE, we should embrace inference to the most likely cause (ILC). The Aim of Science: Causal Explanation or Abstract Representation? Again realism, but not positivism, succeeds. If (1), then not-(2). Churchland, P. and C. Hooker (eds) (1985), Images of Science: Essays on Realism and Empiricism, (with a reply from Bas van Fraassen). For example, what are the verification conditions expressed by “This is an electron”,  where “this” does not pick out an ostendible object and where “is an electron” does not have directly verifiable content? To a first approximation, scientific realism is the view that well-confirmed scientific theories are approximately true; the entities they postulate do exist; and we have good reason to believe their main tenets. Moreover, intermolecular forces allowing for internal vibration and deformation could not be easily conceptualized as Newtonian central forces. This week we will again debate a controversial issue together in class. Rorty is another pragmatist who rejects, in a far more radical manner than Putnam, the fundamental presuppositions of the realist-antirealist debate (Rorty 1980). Moreover, many realists argue, a theory is suitable for optimistic induction only if it has yielded novel predictions; otherwise it could just have been rigged to fit the phenomena. Thus, one can be a (local) realist about some areas of science, but a (local) anti-realist about other areas of science. For example, Jupiter’s moons are observable because a human could travel close enough to see them unaided, but electrons are unobservable because a human could never see one (that is just the nature of humans and electrons). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. But if the facticity and explanatory components clash in this way, the third component is in trouble also. Nevertheless, they do not deny the existence or reality of electrons: for them, to say that electrons exist or are real is merely to say that the concept electron stands in a definite logical relationship to observable conditions in a structured system of representations. Second, EStR requires a variant of the NMA (restricted to retention of structure) to uphold StR5. From the 1930s to the 1950s, Carnap (1936, 1937, 1939, 1950, 1956) struggled with this problem by using ever more elaborate logical techniques. As physics developed in the early 20th century, many of the 19th century methodological worries sorted themselves out: Perrin’s experiments with Brownian motion persuaded most of the reality of atoms; special relativity unified mechanics and electromagnetism and signaled the demise of traditional mechanism; general relativity further unified gravity with special relativity; quantum mechanics produced an account of the microscopic world that allowed atoms to vibrate and was spectacularly supported empirically. He describes the issue as follows: They have the same background beliefs about: the world, its fundamental ontology, processes, and laws (statements that are not to be given up); correct mathematical and linguistic expression; scientific values, goals, and methods; scientifically relevant questions and problems; and experimental and mathematical techniques. Treating “is true” as predicated of sentences in a formal language, he provided a definition of the concept that builds it up recursively from a primitive reference relation that is specified by a list correlating linguistic items syntactically categorized with extra-linguistic items semantically categorized. Paradigm transitions and incommensurability, he argues, are never as total as the radical interpretation assumes: enough background (history, instrumentation, and every-day and scientific language) is shared by P- and P*-adherents to underwrite good reasons they can employ to mount persuasive arguments. There is no fact of the matter whether T or T’ is true (both are or neither are), and whether we work with T or T’ is purely a pragmatic matter concerning which is simpler, more convenient, and so forth. (1989), “Structural Realism: The Best of Both Worlds?”, Dialectica 43, 99–124. First, constructive empiricists argue that inference to the best explanation is a problematic rule of inference. For example, knowing the meaning of “This is blue” is being able to pick out the object referred to by “this” and to check that it is blue. Structuralists can also resist the argument from empirically equivalent theories (§6c)—to the extent that the theories are structurally equivalent they would capture the same structural facts, which is all a theory needs to capture—and do so without embracing a particular realist ontology occupying the nodes of the structure. Friedman (1982) questions whether van Fraassen achieves this. But there is always the option of declining to choose, of remaining agnostic. (2006), “Structure: its Shadow and Substance”, British Journal for Philosophy of Science 57, 275-307. van Fraassen, B. Two possible StR answers are suggested. Such theory pairs agree in what they say about observables but may disagree in what they say about unobservables. More generally, Putnam argues, truth cannot be identified with any epistemic notion E: take any revisable proposition p that satisfies E, we already know that p might not be true; so being E does not amount to being true. Churchland, P. (1985), ‘The Ontological Status of Observables: In Praise of the Superempirical Virtues’, in Churchland and Hooker 1985. Second, they proposed to indirectly interpret the T-terms, using logical techniques inherited from Frege and Russell, by deductively connecting them within a theory to the directly interpreted O-terms. Presumably, in the IBE context, “successful” does not entail truth, but similarly in the ILC context, “successful” does not entail existence: the most likely cause could turn out not to exist (for example, caloric flow or phlogiston escape) just as the best explanation could turn out to be false (caloric or phlogiston theory). Stanford, P. K. (2001), “Refusing the Devil’s Bargain: What Kind of Underdetermination Should We Take Seriously?”, Philosophy of Science 68 (3), S1-S12. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Moreover, even for cases where T* approaches T as some parameter approaches a limit, it is controversial what to conclude. The core position, they argue, is difficult to characterize in a philosophically neutral manner that does not invite a natural line of philosophical questioning. Model theory tells us that since T is consistent it has a model M of cardinality n; that is, all the sentences of T will be true-in-M. Now define a 1-1 mapping f from the domain of M, D(M), to the domain of W, D(W), and use f to define a reference relation R* between L(T) (the language of our theory) and objects in D(W) as follows: if x is an object in D(W) and P is a predicate of L(T), then P refers* to x if and only if P refers-in-M to f-1x. The term “light-wave” in Fresnel’s usage referred to light, no matter what its constitution is, in some contexts and to what satisfies the description “the oscillations of ethereal molecules” in other contexts. But it is conceivable that no amount of human inquiry, even taken to the ideal limit, will decide which; so though one disjunct is true, neither may be assertible in the ideal limit. Scientific Realism & Anti-Realism Introduction Scientific theories claim, or at least seem to claim, that the universe is populated by a host of entities that we cannot observe in any obvious sense: we have genes, quarks, curved space-time, the superego (if you think psychoanalysis is a science) etc. Scientific Realism vs. Anti-Realism. Each law gives the total force only for bodies where no other forces are acting. But then (2) cannot be satisfied: meaning does not determine extension because the extension of “water” (in English) = H2O yet XYZ = the extension of “water” (in Twin-English). In rejecting conventionalism, Duhem and Quine claim that we may keep H and reject one of the Ais to accommodate not-O: any statement may be held true in light of disconfirming experience. Moral Anti-realism vs. Realism: Intuitions. Two theories, T and T’, are empirically (observationally) equivalent if T/O = T’/O. Suppose the year is 1740 when speakers did not know that water is H2O. Second, the “justification” for IBE is two-fold. Carnap, R. (1956), “The Methodological Character of Theoretical Concepts”, in H. Feigl and M. Scriven (eds), Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science I, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. The entire post-1960 conversation about scientific realism can be viewed as a response to logical positivism. T and T* advocates often argue, criticize each other, and rationally persuade each other that one of the two is incorrect. I critically evaluate four antirealist objections coming from that route. Suppose too that another planet, Twin-Earth, is just like Earth except that a different liquid, whose chemical nature is XYZ, is the clear, tasteless, potable, nourishing liquid found in lakes and rivers. But Putnam’s semantics requires more: that there be natural kinds and magnitudes that our terms lock onto, which is SR4. Finally, Fine argues, contrary to what realists often claim, realism blocks rather than promotes scientific progress. Third is IBE: the success of DN-explanations in rendering large classes of phenomena intelligible can justify our inferring the truth of the covering laws. Newman, M. H. A. Measurements of lines and angles typically rely on the hypothesis that light travels shortest paths. Van Fraassen’s is an antirealism concerning unobservable entities. The explanandum logically follows from the explanantia, one of which is a law-like regularity. Realists must be careful not to interpret history of science blindly (ignoring the successes of ether theories and the failures of early atomic theories, for example) or Whiggishly (begging questions by wrongly attributing to our predecessors our referential intentions—by assuming, for example, that Newton’s “gravity” referred to properties of the space-time metric). ), Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science. To undercut this general option, van Fraassen argues, the realist must commit to some claim like: every regularity and coincidence must be explained. etc. To be a realist position, EStR has to presuppose that, in addition to the structure of the phenomena whose objects are knowable, there is a mind-independent, knowable “underlying” structure, whose objects are unknowable. Simple enumerative induction (which entitles us to move probabilistically from “All observed As are Bs” to “All As are Bs” cannot handle inferences from observed phenomena to their “hidden” causes. “Real Realism: The Galilean Strategy”, The Philosophical Review 110 (2), 151-197. Field, H. (1972), “Tarski’s Theory of Truth”, Journal of Philosophy 64 (13), 347-375. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. But a realist may concede that hard choices occur: at most one of P or P* is correct, and we may have to wait and see which, if either, pans out. The term was coined as an argument against a form of realism Dummett saw as 'colorless reductionism'.. We have already seen (§5d) how realists object to this move: it assigns to the concepts truth and reference the wrong properties (it makes them intra-theoretic rather than trans-theoretic) and thus cannot properly capture key features of practice. 8 Thus T and T’ could be empirically equivalent, yet one could have better evidential support than the other; for example, T, but not T’, might be derivable from a more comprehensive theory that entails evidentially well-supported hypotheses. Since such theory pairs have the same literal content and differ only in their non-literal, theoretical content, they are merely inter-definable variants of a common observational basis: they say the same thing but express it differently. The only correct notion of correspondence is the disquotational one: “P” refers to (or is true of) x if and only if x is P. Realist appeals to IBE are problematic for two reasons. Wilson, M. (1998), “Mechanics, Classical”, in Edward Craig (ed. Take, for example, Gauss’s supposed mountaintop triangulation experiment to test whether space is Euclidean (§2a). Chemical valence was originally defined by a list pairing chemical elements with their valence numbers, but later this definition was unified in terms of the number of outer shell electrons in the element’s atoms. Realists tend to see the history of science as supporting an optimistic meta-induction: since past theories were successful because they were approximately true and their core terms referred, so too current successful theories must be approximately true and their central terms refer. New York: The Science Press. A theory T is empirically (observationally) adequate if T/O is the class of all true observational sentences. Sixth, constructive empiricists claim that constructive empiricism is better than scientific realism because it explains science without extra epistemic risk. Science aims to give a literally true account of the world. Tarski showed how to define the concept is true-in-L (where L is a placeholder for some particular language). The practice of physicists, she argues, indicates that we ought to be antirealists about fundamental laws and points instead to a messy, untidy universe that physicists cope with by constructing unified abstract stories (Cartwright 1999). Looking into history, there are many theories that sound absurd to modern scientists, such as the idea that heat is an invisible liquid called phlogiston. Thus Cartwright is anti-realist about fundamental laws: contrary to realists, they are not (even approximately) true; contrary to van Fraassen, she is not recommending agnosticism—we now know they are non-factive. These rival antirealist explanations of success are controversial, however (Musgrave 1985). Cartwright, N. (1983), How the Laws of Physics Lie. Abstract. But no, scientists do not treat the conventions as analytic truths that cannot be revised without a change of meaning. They are positivists because of their pro-science stance; they are logical positivists because they embraced and used the formal logic techniques developed by Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein to clarify scientific and philosophical language. Massimo Pigliucci has a post up that is partly about the issue of realism vs. anti-realism in the philosophy of science. CE is consistent with SR3 and SR4 (though it does not commit to them, it has no quarrels with realist objectivity or semantics) but replaces SR1, SR2, and SR5 respectively with: CE1     Science aims to provide empirically adequate theories of the phenomena. Other variants rely on the causal theory of reference. Poincaré and the positivists reply that it is conventional or analytic that space is Euclidean; there is no fact of the matter. Like contemporary antirealists, they questioned the relationship among physics, common sense and metaphysics, the aims and methods of science, and the extent to which science, qua attempt to fathom the depth and extent of the universe, is bankrupt. Empirical adequacy is logically weaker than truth: T’s truth entails its empirical adequacy but not conversely. Moreover, there is no inferential principle that realists could employ and antirealists would accept. But the inference from success to (approximate) truth is either invalid if read as a deductive move (because many successful theories turned out to be false (§7b)), weak if read as an inductive move (because nearly all successful past theories turned out to be false), or circular if read as a primitive IBE move. But if we add this condition to our theory, then we can redeploy a permutation whereby “x causes* P (in W)” will mimic “f-1x causes P (in-M)”; and instead of failing to fix the real reference relation we will be failing to fix the real causal relations. (2015), ““Atoms Exist” is Probably True, and Other Facts That Should Not Comfort Scientific Realists”, Journal of Philosophy 112 (8), 397-416 . Premise 1 is under-specified. Field argued that reference should be similarly reduced to physical notions. To deal with this, the positivists, especially Carnap, hit upon an ingenious program. Suppose finally that Earthling Oscar and Twin-Earthling Twin-Oscar are duplicates and share the very same internal psychological states so that Oscar thinks “water is the clear, tasteless, potable, nourishing liquid found in lakes and rivers” if and only if Twin-Oscar thinks “water is the clear, tasteless, potable, nourishing liquid found in lakes and rivers”. Then any sentence S will be true* (of W) if and only if S is true-in-M. First, a few clarifications of IBE are in order. (1980), The Scientific Image. So realism, unlike positivism, saves our ordinary ways of talking and acting. OStR bites the bullet: we can know only structure because only structure exists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. While this works only for simple sentences built from terms that directly pick out their referents and predicates with directly verifiable content, it can be extended to other sentences. Second, many critics find van Fraassen’s agnosticism about unobservables unwarrantedly selective. (2007), Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized. Epistemic acceptance is belief; beliefs are either true or false. Deflationists reject SR4 and SR5, but this does not mean they cannot believe what our best scientific theories tell us: deflationists can and typically do accept SR3 as well as all the object-level inferences that science uses, including object-level IBE (Leeds 1995, 2007). Idealism fails to explain the practice and its success, while SR succeeds. Empiricists think we can determine whether physical space is Euclidean through experiments. Suppose the intended reference scheme (which correlates our word uses with objects in the world) is that which satisfies all the constraints our best theory imposes. According to the pessimistic induction argument, every major scientific theory throughout history has been shown to be false, (i.e. Suppose a scientific theory T tells us “A is unobservable by humans”. (Kitcher 2001; Liston 1985). Kuhn, T.S. Critics ask why any of these should divide the safe from the risky epistemic bet. Intuitively A’ is obtained from A by removing all unobservables, so D’ would contain billiard balls but not molecules, is elastic would now be restricted to billiard balls, is a molecule would not be instantiated, and so forth. This as-sumption is controversial. that realism is more effective for achieving scientific progress than antirealism is, and hence that scientists should choose realism over antirealism. Russell claimed that we can directly know (by acquaintance) only our percepts, but we can indirectly know (by structural description) the mind-independent objects that give rise to them. To export the items, click on the button corresponding with the preferred download format. Dordrecht: Reidel. For Duhem, epistemological holism holds only for physical theories for rather special reasons; it does not extend to mathematics or logic and is not connected with theses about meaning. (1987), Truthlikeness. Even if those objects had only structural properties, they would have to have one non-structural property—existence (van Fraassen 2006, 2008). 0. Despite best efforts, no satisfactory metric has emerged that would characterize distance from the truth or the truth-distance between T and T* (Laudan 1981; Miller 1974; Niiniluoto 1987). Moreover, quantum mechanics, despite its empirical success, led to its own problems, since quantum particles have strange properties—they cannot have both determinate position and momentum at a given time, for example—and the quantum world has no unproblematic interpretation. The caveat “if there is one” blocks inferences to the best of a bad lot: the best explanation may not reach a minimally acceptable threshold. Depending on the kind of idealism adopted “p is true” might be rendered “p is warrantedly assertible”, “p is derivable from theory Θ”, or “p is accepted in paradigm P”, all of the form “p is E” where E is some epistemic surrogate for “true”. Worrall, J. Finally, like any inferential principle that amplifies our knowledge, conclusions inferred by IBE are fallible: while they are more likely to be true, they could be false. 6, 251-259, London: Routledge. Once one accepts that science delivers truths and explanations, it is natural to ask what that means, and realist and antirealist replies will naturally ensue—as they always have, since these interpretations are as old as philosophy itself. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Thus, for example, a clause like “‘electron’ refers to electrons” would be on this list if the language were English. | Tucson, AZ 85721-0055. Fine criticizes these limits for reasons given in §5a and §6b—the observable-unobservable distinction cannot be drawn in a manner that would motivate skepticism or agnosticism about unobservables but not about observables. Poincaré, H. (1913), The Foundations of Science. Pragmatists question metaphysical realism (SR3): it presupposes a relation between our representations (to which we have access) and a mind-independent world (to which we lack access), and there cannot be such a relation, because mind-independent objects are in principle beyond our cognitive reach. P Wiener, intro. Michael Liston Now let A’ = (where m < n, D’ is a proper subset of D, and R’i = Ri/D’ (Ri restricted to D’)). The primary argument for this rejection is Putnam’s model-theoretic argument (Merrill 1980; Putnam 1978, 1981). Conclusion. The laws of physics lie, Cartwright claims, and the hope of a true, unified, explanatory theory of physics is either based on a misunderstanding of physics practice or a vestige of 17th century metaphysical hankering for a neatly designed mechanical universe. Consequently, if the experiment yields not-O = “The measured angle-sum of the triangle is not equal to 180º”, we cannot deduce not-H = “Space is non-Euclidean”. Psillos, S. (1995), “Is Structural Realism the Best of Both Worlds?”, Dialectica 49, 15-46. The very strong, very general conclusion of EET, however, depends on the very strong, very general Premise 3, which, critics argue, is typically supported either by “toy” examples of theory-pairs from the history of physics, by contrived examples of theories, one of which is transformed from the other by a general algorithm (Kukla 1998), or by some tricks of formal logic or mathematics. The concepts of atom and force became questionable. Two theories, T and T’, are empirically equivalent if all the observables in a model of T are isomorphic to the observables in a model of T’. (It is noteworthy that Putnam recanted internalist truth in his last writing on these matters (Putnam 2015)). Rorty, R. (1980), Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Euclidean geometry has a unique parallels axiom and angle sum of triangles equals 180º, whereas, for example, spherical geometry has a zero-parallel axiom and angle sum of triangles greater than or equal to 180º. Premise 1 presupposes that all and only what a theory says or implies about observables is evidentially relevant to that theory. Critics argue that there is no sharp, epistemologically significant distinction between form (structure) and content (nature) of the kind needed for EStR. The positivists distinguished legitimate positive science, whose aim is to organize and predict observable phenomena, from illegitimate metaphysics, whose aim is to causally explain those phenomena in terms of underlying unobservable processes. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (1983), Representing and Intervening. While their realist colleagues hoped for a unified, explanatorily complete, fundamental theory as the proper aim of science, these global antirealists argued on historical grounds that physics had evolved into its current disorganized mess because it had been driven by the unattainable metaphysical goal of causal explanation. Quine thus arrived at a realism not unlike the empirical realism of the logical positivists. Scientific Anti-Realism An anti-realist position concerning science can be developed by, first, rejecting the realists’ claims about what is actually involved in the acceptance of a scientific theory and, second, arguing that this alternative way of understanding what it means to accept a theory is not (as the realist would contend) antithetical to the aims of science. The realist answer is: “because a partially correct account of a theoretical object (as the gravitational field) must be replaced by a better account of the same theory-independent object (as the metric structure of spacetime)”. When the myth is deconstructed, we see science as historically unfolding through stable cycles of cumulativeness, punctuated by periods of crisis and revolution. Underlying ontology need not be (and is not) preserved in theory change, but the mathematical structure is both preserved and improved upon: Fresnel’s correct claims about the structure of light (as a wave phenomenon) were retained in later theories, while his incorrect claims about the nature of light (as a mechanical vibration in a mechanical medium, the ether) were later discarded. To select a subset of the search results, click "Selective Export" button and make a selection of the items you want to export. These geometries raise the possibility that physical space could be non-Euclidean. First, the meaning of any T-term is theory-relative since it is determined by the term’s deductive connections within a theory. Laudan, L. (1984), “Realism without the Real”, Philosophy of Science, 51, 156-162. Oxford: Clarendon Press. It is widely assumed that commonsense intuitions favor moral realism, and thus that anti-realists bear the burden of proof. Simple verification conditions plus some logical knowledge buys a lot. Second, the positivists distinguished analytic truths (sentences true in virtue of meaning) and synthetic truths (sentences true in virtue of fact). Wilson, M. (1985), “What can Theory Tell us about Observation?”, in Churchland and Hooker 1985. Stanford, P.K. Chakravartty, A. However, practice seems Janus-faced here: the history of modern physics is one of disunity leading to unity leading to disunity, and so forth. 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