The Pessimistic Induction and the Golden Rule
Philosophy of Science and Logic
Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Published 2018-10-22
https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.2018.93.11752
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Keywords

end of history illusion, evolutionary theory, Golden Rule, pessimistic induction, underdetermination

How to Cite

Park S. (2018). The Pessimistic Induction and the Golden Rule. Problemos, 93, 70-80. https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.2018.93.11752

Abstract

[full article, abstract in English; only abstract in Lithuanian]

Nickles advocates scientific antirealism by appealing to the illusion hypothesis, the pessimistic induction over scientific theories, Darwin’s evolutionary theory, and the problem of underdetermination. I object that both the illusion hypothesis and evolutionary theory clash with the pessimistic induction and with the problem of underdetermination. I also argue that Nickles’s positive philosophical theories are subject to Park’s pessimistic induction over antirealists. Finally, I apply the Golden Rule to antirealists, viz., if antirealists do not want scientists to run the pessimistic induction over antirealists, antirealists ought not to run the pessimistic induction over scientific theories.

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