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Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates

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Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates. / Wray, K. Brad.

In: HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2021, p. 72-92.

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Wray, KB 2021, 'Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates', HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 72-92. https://doi.org/10.1086/712945

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Wray, K. B. (2021). Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, 11(1), 72-92. https://doi.org/10.1086/712945

CBE

Wray KB. 2021. Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. 11(1):72-92. https://doi.org/10.1086/712945

MLA

Wray, K. Brad. "Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates". HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. 2021, 11(1). 72-92. https://doi.org/10.1086/712945

Vancouver

Wray KB. Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. 2021;11(1):72-92. https://doi.org/10.1086/712945

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Wray, K. Brad. / Kuhn and the Contemporary Realism/Anti-realism Debates. In: HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. 2021 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 72-92.

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