Pierre Duhem and scientific truth: contextual, partial and real

Francisco Javier López Ruiz, Geoffrey Woollard

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2016.032

Abstract


Mariano Artigas understood scientific truth as real, but at the same time contextual and partial. Artigas shared some research interests and a general outlook with Pierre Duhem. We summarize the evaluation of Duhem’s thought by relevant authors and demonstrate how the way Artigas understood scientific truth in actual scientific research offers a suitable framework for capturing the realism towards which Duhem tended. This reading of Duhem runs counter to tendencies of the philosophy of science in Duhem’s time which employed expressions that sometimes framed him as a conventionalist.


Keywords


Mariano Artigas; conventionalism; natural classification

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