Abstract

This paper defends scientific realism, the doctrine that we should interpret theories as being just as ontologically committing as beliefs at the observational level. I examine the character of observation to show that the difference in interpretation suggested by anti-realists is unwarranted. Second, I discuss Wilfrid Sellars' approach to the issue. Finally, I provide a detailed study of recent work by Bas van Fraassen. While van Fraassen's work is the focus of the paper, the conclusions are far broader: That a wide family of anti-realist views (of which van Fraassen's is only one) is problematic and unmotivated and hence to be rejected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-345
Number of pages29
JournalSynthese
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1985

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Creath, Richard. / Taking theories seriously. In: Synthese. 1985 ; Vol. 62, No. 3. pp. 317-345.
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