An excellent new article has been posted in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy under the heading 'scientific realism'. Scientific realism is "typified by an epistemically positive attitude towards the outputs of scientific investigation, regarding both observable and unobservable aspects of the world." The article outlines three major dimensions of realist commitment, arguments in favour and against, and some 'foils' or alternatives to scientific realism. Educators should read this latter section carefully, as most contemporary approaches to education would be characterized as anti-realist. For a different perspective, the old article is also available. Via Gabriele Contessa.
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