Alan Musgrave has consistently defended two positions that he regards as commonsensical: critical realism and critical rationalism. In this volume a group of internationally-renowned authors discuss themes that are relevant in one way or another to Musgrave’s work. Rather than a standard celebratory festschrift, this book offers a new examination of topics of current interest in philosophy. The contributory essays are followed by responses from Alan Musgrave himself.
Table of ContentsEditors’ Introduction 1. Methodological Rules, Rationality, and Truth :Volker Gadenne 2. Where Does the Burden of Theory Lie?: Gregory Currie 3. Testimony, Induction and Reasonable Belief: Colin Cheyne 4. Critical Rationalism and its Failure to Withstand Critical Scrutiny: Deborah Mayo 5. Theory-Confirmation and History: John Worrall 6. Why is it Rational to Believe Scientific Theories are True?: Howard Sankey 7. Thinking about the Ultimate Argument for Realism: Stathis Psillos 8. The Unseen World: Michael Redhead 9. Why Alan Musgrave Should Become an Essentialist: Alan Chalmers 10. The Metaphysics of Realism and Structural Realism: Robert Nola 11. Scientific Realism and Mathematical Nominalism: A Marriage Made in Hell: Mark Colyvan 12. A Methodological Critique of the Semantic Conception of Theories: Noretta Koertge 13. A Refutation of Peircean idealism: Graham Oddie 14. Historiography as a Hypothetico-Deductive Science: A Criticism of Methodological Historism : Hans Albert 15. Ptolemy’s Musical Models for Mind-Maps and Star-Maps: Andrew Barker 16. Responses: Alan Musgrave Notes on Contributors Index