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Title: The imaginary entities that make science
Author: Schindler, Samuel Karl
ISNI:       0000 0001 3555 0959
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2008
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In this thesis, I investigate the role unobservables play in scientific explanations, the naturalness of explanations, and the fertility (or developmental potential) of theories. Realist accounts (in particular, the causal-mechanistic account) require unobservables to be real for them to fulfil an explanatory function in theories. Antirealist counts do not assign any particular role to unobservables and marginalise the explanatory power of theories, their naturalness, and their developmental potential as merely of pragmatic interest.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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