Induction, Rationality, and the Realism/Anti-realism Debate: A Reply to Shech

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Shech (2022) offers a critical assessment of my defense of anti-realism, developed in Resisting Scientific Realism. Induction and inductive inferences play a central role in Shech’s critical analysis of my defense of realism. I argue that Shech’s criticisms that relate to induction and inductive inference are problematic, and do not constitute a threat to my defense of anti-realism. Contrary to what Shech claims, the anti-realist does not need to explain why inductive inferences are successful. That is not part of contemporary realism/anti-realism debate. Further, such a demand fails to recognize that some anti-realists do not put much stock in induction.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • anti-realism;
  • inductive inferences;
  • scientific rationality;
  • Darwinian/selectionist explanation;
  • the success of science


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