This book comes to the rescue of scientific realism, showing that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Philosophical realism holds that the aim of a particular discourse is to make true statements about its subject matter. Ilkka Niiniluoto surveys different kinds of realism in various areas of philosophy and then sets out his own critical realist philosophy of science.
Table of Contents
1. The Varieties of Realism; 2. Realism in Ontology; 3. Realism in Semantics; 4. Realism in Epistemology; 4. Realism in Theory Construction; 6. Realism in Methodology; 7. Internal Realism; 8. Relativism; 9. Social Constructivism; 10. Realism, Science, and Society; References; Indexes.