Pragmatic Realism

Hasok Chang

Abstract


In this paper I seek to articulate and develop Roberto Torretti’s advocacy of pragmatic realism. At the core of Torrietti’s view is a rejection of the notion that the truth of scientific theories consists in their correspondence to the world. I propose to understand correspondence in that sense as a metaphorical notion. I articulate a notion of pragmatist coherence, on the basis of which I make new coherence theories of truth and reality. Then it becomes possible to say that pragmatic realism consists in the pursuit of true knowledge of reality, in a way that is also consonant with Torretti’s pluralism.


Keywords


Pragmatism; realism; pluralism; coherence; truth; reality

References


Austin, J. L. (1962). How to do things with words. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Bowdle, B. F. & Gentner, D. (2005). “The career of metaphor”. Psychological Review, 112, 193-216.

Chang, H. (2012). Is water H2O? Evidence, realism and pluralism. Dordrecht: Springer.

Chang, H. (2014). “Epistemic activities and systems of practice: Units of analysis in philosophy of science after the practice turn”. In L. Soler, S. Zwart, M. Lynch, & V. Israel-Jost (Eds.), Science after the practice turn in the philosophy, history and social studies of science (pp. 67-79). London and Abingdon: Routledge.

Chang, H. & Leonelli, S. (2005). “Infrared metaphysics: The elusive ontology of radiation (part 1)”. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 36, 477-508.

Durpé, J. (1993). The disorder of things: Metaphysical foundations of the disunity of science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Foley, R. (1998). “Justification, epistemic”. In E. Craig (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (vol. 5, pp. 157-165). London: Routledge.

Hacking, I. (1983). Representing and intervening. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Held, R. (1965). “Plasticity in sensory–motor systems”. Scientific American, 213 (5), 84-94.

Hesse, M. (1966). Models and analogies in science. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

Holton, G. (1986). “Metaphors in science and education”. In G. Holton, The advancement of science, and its burdens (pp. 229-252). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

James, W. (1978 [1907]). Pragmatism and The meaning of truth. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Kant, I. (1933 [1781]). The critique of pure reason, 2nd ed. Trans. by N. Kemp Smith. London: Macmillan.

Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Lewis, C. I. (1929). Mind and the world-order: Outline of a theory of knowledge. New York: Dover.

Lewis, C. I. (1930). [Book review] “The quest for certainty: A study of the relation of knowledge and action [by] John Dewey”. The Journal of Philosophy, 27, 14-25.

Mitchell, S. D. (2003). Biological complexity and integrative pluralism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Neurath, O. (1983 [1932/33]). “Protocol Statements”. In R. S. Cohen, & M. Neurath (Eds.), Philosophical papers 1913-1946 (pp. 91-99). Dordrecht: Reidel.

Putnam, H. (1987). The many faces of realism. Chicago and La Salle: Open Court.

Putnam, H. (1995). Pragmatism: An open question. Oxford: Blackwell.

Scheffler, I. (1999). “A Plea for Plurealism”. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 35, 425-436.

Torretti, R. (2000). “‘Scientific realism’ and scientific practice”. In E. Agazzi & M. Pauri (Eds.), The reality of the unobservable (pp. 113-122). Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Young, J. O. (2015). “The coherence theory of truth”. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth-coherence/




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22370/rhv.20168.48

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2016 Hasok Chang

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Licencia de Creative Commons

Instituto de Filosofía - Facultad de Humanidades - Universidad de Valparaíso
Calle Serrano # 546, Valparaíso. Chile - Fono: +56 32 299 5826